2,700 deaths, 32,967 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 15:55:17-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 2,700 deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan and 32,967 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to new numbers released on Tuesday afternoon.

That's up from 2,468 deaths and 32,000 cases reported on Monday, which also saw the lowest increase in cases since March 26.

The increase in deaths was the highest since the outbreak began with 232, but 95 of those deaths did not occur on Monday, so the 205 deaths on April 10 is still the highest single-day total.

From the state: "*Note on deaths (04/21/20): Regular reviews of death certificate data maintained in Vital Records reporting systems are conducted by MDHHS staff three times per week. As a part of this process, records that identify COVID-19 infection as a contributing factor to death are compared against all laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS). If a death certificate is matched to a confirmed COVID-19 case and that record in the MDSS does not indicate the individual died, the MDSS record is updated to indicate the death and the appropriate local health department is notified. These matched deaths are then included with mortality information posted to the Michigan Coronavirus website. As a result of the most recent assessment, today’s data includes 95 additional deaths identified by this methodology."


3,237 people have recovered from the virus, the state said. The recovery numbers are updated every Saturday. The state defines recovery as the number of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days after onset.

The age range of the deceased is from 5-107 years old, with the average age of 74 and the media age of 75. In Michigan, the overall case fatality rate is 8%, according to the state.

45% of the cases are men and 54% are women, while deaths are 56% men and 45% women. Totals do not add to 100% due to rounding.

The breakdown by age is below.

0-19 - 1% of cases, less than 1% of deaths
20-29 - 9% of cases, less than 1% of deaths
30-39 - 13% of cases, 1% of deaths
40-49 - 16% of cases, 4% of deaths
50-59 - 19% of cases, 10% of deaths
60-69 - 18% of cases, 19% of deaths
70-79 - 13% of cases, 27% of deaths
80+ - 11% of cases, 39% of deaths

On Monday, Gov. Whitmer provided an update saying that it was likely the State of Emergency would be extended, but she hasn't yet made a decision on extending the stay-at-home order. Both expire after April 30.

Whitmer announced that she would be taking a 10% pay cut as the state deals with the budget problems created by the coronavirus pandemic, and she also asked her senior executive staff to take a 5% pay cut.

On Tuesday, Beaumont Health is temporarily laying off about 2,475 employees and permanently eliminating about 450 positions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO John Fox will take a 70% temporary pay cut to his base salary.

The other members of Beaumont's executive leadership team will also take temporary pay cuts up to 45 percent of their total compensation.

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. Click here.

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