More Than 400 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19; Confirmed Cases Soar Past 10K

WWJ News
April 02, 2020 - 3:16 pm

(WWJ) The COVID-19 curve is getting steeper in Michigan, as the number of deaths in the state tops 400 and cases soar past the 10,000 mark.

As of Thursday, Michigan has 10,791 confirmed cases of the virus, with a total of 417 related deaths statewide. The official count, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, includes 1,457 new cases and 80 additional deaths

Michigan is now third in the nation among states with confirmed COVID-19 cases

Looking at metro Detroit: the City of Detroit (counted separately) has 2,858 cases and 101 deaths; while the rest of Wayne County has 2,211 cases and 93 deaths. Oakland County has 2,183 cases and 119 deaths, and Macomb County has 1,332 cases and 58 deaths. 

Macomb County today replaced a "heat map" showing hotspots for the virus with a new map, seen at left, showing the number of cases by ZIP code. See the interactive version of the Macomb County map HEREOakland County has a similar map showing cases by ZIP. See the Oakland County map HERE.

Elsewhere in Southeast Michigan: Genesee County has 349 cases and 10 deaths, Lapeer County has 21 cases and 0 deaths, Livingston County has 113 cases and 2 deaths, Monroe County has 79 cases and 0 deaths, St. Clair County has 53 cases and 0 deaths, and Washtenaw County has 438 cases and 8 deaths. 

Negative test results in the state, meanwhile, also continue to rise. So far, 22,054 out of 29,324 samples tested by the health department were negative. Note that the state says counts of specimens tested positive will not equal number of people with COVID-19. People may have more than one test or may have had samples tested at an out of state lab.

New today: The state is reporting case percentages by race and ethnicity.

Below are the latest stat breakdowns, per the health department:


  •   American Indian or Alaska Native 0% cases 0% deaths
  •   Asian/Pacific Islander 1%  cases 1% deaths
  •   Black or African American 35%  cases 40% deaths
  •   Caucasian 25% cases 26% deaths
  •   Multiple Races 2% cases 1% deaths 
  •   Other 3% cases 2% deaths 
  •   Unknown 34% cases 30% deaths


  •   Hispanic/Latino 1% cases 0% deaths 
  •   Non-Hispanic Latino 48%  cases 58% deaths
  •   Unknown 50% cases 42% deaths 


  • Male 49% cases 62% deaths
  •  Female 51% cases 38% deaths
  •  Unknown 0% cases 0% deaths


  •   0 to 19 years 1% cases 0% deaths 
  •   20 to 29 years 9% cases 1% deaths 
  •   30 to 39 years 13% cases 2% deaths 
  •   40 to 49 years 17% cases 7% deaths 
  •   50 to 59 years 20% cases 12% deaths 
  •   60 to 69 years 18% cases 20% deaths 
  •   70 to 79 years 13% cases 25% deaths 
  •   80+ years 8% cases 34% deaths 

Find a full breakdown of cases by county and other COVID-19 information from the state at this link

These startling numbers came down a few hours after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order ending the in-person K-12 school year in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. She discussed details, including plans for remote learning and senior graduation, at news conference Thursday. (Learn more here).

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 where we will remain live, local and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak.