2,977 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19, Confirmed Cases Top 35K


(WWJ) Amid a lot of talk about when and how to reopen the state, new numbers show the coronavirus continues to impact more people in Michigan.

There are 1,325 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total to 35,291. That includes 164 additional deaths recorded, for a total of 2,977 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services in an update Thursday.

While Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has noted the number of coronavirus cases in the city is plateauing, the city remains the hardest-hit area of the state —  with 8,317 cases and 799 deaths. Duggan said today that rapid testing at the city's hard-hit nursing homes has been completed, although results have not yet been released. 

Looking outside the city at the metro Detroit area, the remainder of Wayne County has 6,677 cases and 597 deaths. Oakland County has 6,634 cases and 567 deaths, and Macomb County has 4,862 cases and 493 deaths.

April 23 map

In Mid-Michigan, Genesee County — which includes the city of Flint — is also racking up some higher numbers, with 1,387 cases and 144 deaths as of Tuesday. (See map above for cases by county).

At this point, every county in the Lower Peninsula has at least one document case.

A bright spot in the statistics: The state is reporting 3,237 people have recovered from COVID-19 as of April 17. The recovery numbers are reported weekly by MDHHS and are defined as those alive 30 days post-onset. (This statistic is updated only once a week, on Saturdays). 

Looking at cases by age, the youngest person to die was 5 years old, and the oldest was 107. The average age of those who died is up now to 74.2 years old, and the median age is 76 years old.

See more stats, including deaths by age, deaths by sex, and percentage of cases by county at THIS LINK.

This comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is looking to loosen some restrictions as soon as this Friday; although she said that won't happen without data and advice from medical experts.

Whitmer said she will likely need to extend her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order,

 "We are seeing a trend where our numbers look good," Whitmer said. "We still need robust testing...But we see these signs and know that perhaps we can start to take some small steps forward."

More details about what restrictions may be lifted, or what the new "Stay Home" order might look like are expected to be released during a news conference Friday afternoon. Hear it live on WWJ

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.

Anyone who is an essential employee going to work at this time, or who has symptoms is urged to get tested for COVID-19. FIND A TESTING SITE

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