More Than 33,000 Michiganders Deemed Recovered from COVID-19

Nearly 70% of the state's total cases are considered resolved

WWJ News
May 23, 2020 - 5:18 pm
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(WWJ) More than 33,000 Michiganders are now considered survivors of the coronavirus.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 33,168 residents are deemed recovered, 30 days after testing positive for the virus. This number includes everyone diagnosed on or before April 22.

The recovery number, updated once per week, now accounts for just over 60% of Michigan’s total COVID-19 cases. It is up about 5,000 since last week.

This comes as Michigan reports 452 new cases and 65 new deaths since Friday. State health officials say about two thirds of those deaths were from days or weeks ago; and were identified through a Vital Records review process, in which death records are matched to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

That brings Michigan’s total to 54,365 cases and 5,223 deaths.

Just over 16,000 (about 70%) of Michigan’s total cases remain active, although hundreds are still being reported on a daily basis. The rest are considered closed either because the person recovered or passed away.

The average age of death is 75.3 years old. The median age is 77; meaning half of those who died were younger, the others older. The age range of the deceased is 5 to 107 years old. 

Over 85% those who passed away from the virus in Michigan were older than 60. You can see a complete age breakdown here. 

Metro Detroit—Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County—are home to about 63% of Michigan’s cases. The tri-county area has been hardest hit throughout the pandemic.

However, data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows the rate of infection per 1,000,000 residents is slowing in Southeastern Michigan.

Region 2N is Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair County.

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Region 2S is Wayne (including Detroit), Monroe and Washtenaw County.

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However, health officials are worried about a possible outbreak in the western and middle part of the state.

Cases counts double every 10 days in those areas, the Governor’s office announced in a press release Friday. 

Region 3 includes the Flint, Saginaw and the Midland area ( Saginaw, Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties)

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Region 5 includes the Kalamazoo area ( Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.)

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Governor Whitmer cited the rate of rise in western and mid-Michigan for extending the "Safer at Home Order", (EO-2020-100) to June 12.


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