Coronavirus in Michigan: Day 61

Statewide coronavirus death rate lowest since March 29

No new deaths were reported in Greater Lansing today


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SUNDAY, May 10 — Michigan’s COVID-19 fatality toll fell to 25 reported deaths in the last 24 hours, the state said today.

That is the lowest number since 19 were reported on March 29. But could it be a reporting anomaly? Like today, March 29 was a Sunday. The number was also low – 29 – last Sunday.

However, the trend is headed in a good direction. The number of deaths fell about 33% in the last week compared to the previous week. The average daily death rate was about 71.4 for the last seven days, whereas it was nearly 105 for the previous seven days.

Likewise, new infections are declining, The Detroit News reports:

“For the seven-day period ending Friday, Michigan reported the most tests conducted yet: 75,782. Of those, 6,055 or 7.9% were positive, according to state data.

“Two weeks earlier, from April 18 through April 24, the state reported 43,113 total tests with 7,157 positives or 16.6%.

“As of Friday, Michigan's tracking showed 1,437 COVID-19 inpatients statewide, less than half the 2,889 inpatients reported two weeks earlier on April 24.”

In other positive news, the state reported a much improved recovery rate yesterday of 48.5%, compared to about 36% a week ago. The state defines recovery as at least 30 days beyond the onset of the sickness. But what are those 30 days like for the victims? The Detroit Free Press reports on it today.

Overall, Michigan’s death toll reached 4,551. Reported new cases today were 382, bringing the total number of cases statewide to 47,138.

Nationally, the death report as of this afternoon was just short of 80,000.

Across Michigan…

Meanwhile, General Motors will start production at three out-of-state parts plants tomorrow, the Free Press reports. GM plans to reopen manufacturing plants May 18.

For those who like to summer in Traverse City, the Downtown Development Authority is planning to close two downtown streets to allow for pedestrian use as a way of making social distancing easier, the Ticker reports.

Greater Lansing…

The ZIP code 48911, which is mostly in south Lansing, showed an uptick in cases over the weekend. The Ingham County Health Department reported yesterday that the ZIP code has 161-170 cases, 10 more than were reported before. As City Pulse first reported, the Health Department said Chinese residents are bearing the brunt of the cases in 48911.

Also, two other ZIP codes showed increases into the next reporting category. The ZIP code 48910, on the near south side, jumped to 61-70 cases. from 51-60. And the ZIP code for Williamston, 48895, increased to 11-20 cases from 1-10.

In the numbers…

           Locally, no new deaths were reported in Greater Lansing today. Eaton County reported its total cases today as 150 – a drop of three since it filed its last report Friday. Its website offered no explanation for the drop. Clinton County did not report changes this weekend.


Ingham County                       

Cases — 587 (+9)

Recoveries — 214

Recovery Rate — 36.4%

Deaths — 17 (no change)

Fatality Rate — 2.9%

Zip code 48911 tracks 161-170 cases. Zip code 48910 tracks 61-70 cases. Zip code 48823 tracks 51-60 cases. Zip codes 48906, 48854 and 48864 each track 41-50 cases. Zip codes 48842 and 48912 each track 31-40 cases. Zip code 48915 tracks 21-30 cases. Zip code 48917 tracks between 11-20 cases. Zip codes 48840, 48895, 48285, 48819, 48827, 48892, 48909, 48933, 49251, 49264 and 49285 each track 1-10 cases. This data was updated Saturday.     

Eaton County                    

Cases — 150 (-3)

Recoveries — 108          

Recovery Rate — 70.6%        

Deaths — 6               

Fatality Rate — 3.9%           

Clinton County                                       

Cases — 126        

Deaths — 10

Fatality Rate — 7.9%                                    

The Mid-Michigan County Health Department does not report recovery statistics.                  


Cases — 47,138(+382)

Recoveries — 22,686 (as of 5/8/20)               

Recovery Rate — 48.5%      

Deaths — 4,551 (+25)

Fatality Rate — 9.7%        

State reports show that about 68% of cases (and 80% of deaths) are reported from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit. Other hotspots include Kent County with 4.6% of cases, Genesee County with 3.8% of cases, Washtenaw County with 2.5% of cases, Saginaw County with 1.7% of cases, Ingham County with 1.2% of cases and Kalamazoo County with 1.2% of cases statewide. About 4.6% of cases, or 2,124 cases (and 50 deaths) have also been reported among state prisoners at the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Caucasians account for 35% of cases and 49% of deaths. Despite accounting for a smaller segment of the population, African Americans account for 32% of cases and 41% of deaths.      


Cases — 1,326,138

Deaths — 79,384

Fatality Rate — 5.9%   

Source: CNN               

As of this afternoon, Michigan still has reported the seventh most cases in the country, behind New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Michigan also ranks fourth in most virus-related deaths, behind New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.



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