845 Michiganders now dead from the coronavirus after largest single-day increase

click to enlarge Detroit Medical Center's emergency entrance. - STEVE NEAVLING
Steve Neavling
Detroit Medical Center's emergency entrance.

Michigan’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 845, with 115 new fatalities reported Tuesday, the largest one-day increase.

It was the second day in a row that the state recorded 100 new deaths in a 24-hour period.

The death toll more than doubled over the past five days, as public health officials warn that the peak of the crisis is still a couple weeks away.

Michigan has the third highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country, behind New Jersey and New York.

Michigan also reported 845 new positive cases, bringing the state’s total to nearly 19,000. More than 43,000 people have been tested for the virus in the state.

More than 3,600 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized, and nearly 1,400 are on ventilators. Of those hospitalized, 89% are in southeast Michigan, which continues to see exponential increases in new cases and deaths.

Wayne County continues to be hit the hardest, with 56 new fatalities, bringing its death toll to 402. The county now has 9,045 positive cases, up 775 on Tuesday. Making up 18% of the state’s population, Wayne County has 47.6% of the deaths and 47.7% of the confirmed infections.

Wayne County has highest number of deaths in the nation outside of New York City, the epicenter of the crisis.

Detroit, which has a higher coronavirus death rate than New York City, reported 25 new deaths, bringing its total to 221. The city now has more than 5,500 positive cases, averaging 500 new confirmed infections a day as Detroit increases its testing capacity.

Of the total deaths, 40% are Black, 29% are white, and 25% are unknown. Black people account for 33% of the confirmed infections.

Twelve of the state’s 83 counties don’t have any confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The increases come as hospitals are running out of ventilators, intensive-care beds, trained medical staff, and personal protective gear like masks, gloves, and gowns. Hundreds of nurses and other trained hospital staff are out of work with COVID-19 infections.

In Oakland County, there are 3,736 positive cases and 205 deaths, up 20 in the past 24 hours. Macomb County now has 2,414 confirmed infections and 121 deaths, up from 100 on Monday.

Seven other Michigan counties have more than 100 confirmed cases: Genesee (638), Washtenaw (559), Ingham (189), Kent (187), Livingston (155), Saginaw (153), Monroe (129), St. Clair (129), and Jackson (114).

Outside of metro Detroit, Genesee County has the most deaths, at 33.

Of the total cases, 1% are among patients 0 to 19 years old, 9% are 20 to 29, 13% are 30 to 39, 17% are 40 to 49, 20% are 50 to 59, 18% are 60 to 69, 13% are 70 to 79, and 9% are 80 and older.

Of the total deaths, 1% was 20 to 29, 2% were 30 to 39, 5% were 40 to 49, 11% were 50 to 59, 19% were 60 to 69, 27% were 70 to 79, and 34% were 80 and older.

The death rate is higher for men, who make up 58% of the fatalities but 46% of the positive cases.

Those who have died range in age from 20 to 107. The average age for deaths is 72.2, with a median age of 73.

Globally, there are 1.4 million coronavirus cases in 184 countries, and more than 80,759 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. The U.S. has more positive cases than any country in the world, with 382,256 confirmed infections and more than 12,000 deaths.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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