259 deaths, 7,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan

Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 15:25:11-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 259 deaths and 7,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, according to new numbers released by the state on Tuesday afternoon.

That's up from 184 deaths and 6,498 confirmed cases, reported Monday, which was the biggest single-day jump in cases for the state. That changed Tuesday with a jump of 1,117 cases and 75 deaths.


The age ranges of death go from 25-107 years old, with the average age of 70 years old and the medium age of 71 years old.

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The age breakdown is below.

0-19 - 1%
20-29 - 9%
30-39 - 13%
40-49 - 17%
50-59 - 20%
60-69 - 19%
70-79 - 14%
80+ - 8%

The state has tested 24,934 people so far. Of those, 17,736 have come back negative, with a majority of the tests coming from hospitals.

Cumulative Number of Specimens Tested for COVID-19 - Last Updated 3/31/2020 13:00

Lab TypeNegative TestsPositive TestsTotal Specimens Tested
Public Health379412095011
Grand Total18963586124934

Michigan is still several weeks away from a peak in COVID-19 cases, Chief Health Director Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says.

In a press conference on Monday, Khaldun said several hospitals in Michigan are at capacity, so the state is focusing on utilizing alternative, nontraditional sites of care. Detroit's TCF Center has already been identified as one.

New projections from Michigan Medicine show that aggressive social distancing could reduce the number of COVID-19 patients at U-M hospitals by as much as 65% at its peak in early May. The results of the projections were released on Tuesday afternoon.

Aggressive social distancing means staying away from anyone else outside your immediate family and limiting going out to a store or pharmacy for only urgent needs. Schools and businesses close and large gatherings are canceled. Walking outside is fine as long as people maintain a six-foot distance.

According to forecasting models, in a worst-case scenario, the peak number of patients at at U-M hospitals could be 5,860 on May 4. With aggressive social distancing, the model shows about 2,000 patients on the same date.

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