Michigan nears 3,000 deaths due to coronavirus; cases jump to 35,291
An additional 164 Michigan residents have died in the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to state data.
The state reported the additional deaths and the new 2,977 total death toll as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data.
The state also saw 1,325 new cases of coronavirus reported in the state as of Thursday. The total case count is now 35,291.
The number of daily deaths reported do not always amount to the number of deaths that occurred in one day, according to the health department. In fact, 55 of the deaths reported Thursday came as a result of death certificate reviews.
The department noted in an update this week that, as part of a review done three times a week, officials compare death certificates in which COVID-19 is listed as a contributing factor to all the laboratory-confirmed cases in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System. They then update the count.
The state on Thursday reported an 8% fatality rate out of those with known confirmed cases, with the caveat that more testing of mild cases can cause the fatality rate to fall.
The state also reported 3,237 people had 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.
Where are the cases?
Metro Detroiters continue to see high rates of infections and deaths.
Detroit was reported by the state as having 52 more deaths as of 10 a.m. Thursday. That brings the city's total to 799 deaths and 8,317 cases.
However, the city of Detroit reported 786 deaths and 8,332 cases on its website as of about noon. The website notes the numbers may differ from that of the state due to download times.
The state has also reported that local health departments are notified when death certificates reviews identify new COVID-19 related deaths previously not logged in the state's disease surveillance system.
Wayne County, not including Detroit, had 597 total deaths and 6,677 total cases reported Thursday, according to state data.
Macomb County had 493 deaths and 4,862 cases, and Oakland County had 567 deaths and 6,634 cases.
Who is getting sick?
Statewide, women make up 54% of all cases and men make up 55% of those who have died.
When it comes to race, black Michiganders continue to see a high rate of infection, despite making up just about 14% of the state’s population.
Black residents made up 33% of all coronavirus cases in the state and white residents made up 31% of all cases as of Thursday, according to the state data.
Of all the cases, 23% involved people of unknown race.
When it comes to the reported deaths, 40% have been black residents, 44% have been white and 10% were of unknown race.
What about ages?
The majority of deaths have occurred among Michigan residents age 50 and older – 95% . The average age of death is 74.2 years old.
Residents 80 and older continue to suffer the highest percentage of deaths, at 39%. People between ages 50 and 59 have the highest percentage of positive cases, however, at 19%.
The oldest known person killed by the virus was 107.
The youngest known victim in the state remains Skylar Herbert of Detroit. She was 5 years old.
Where can I learn more?
Check out the Detroit Free Press’ tracking of the data for more.
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