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60 deaths, 2,856 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 14:13:32-04

(WXYZ) — There are now 60 deaths and 2,856 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, health officials announced on Thursday.

That's up from 43 deaths and 2,295 cases that were reported on Wednesday from the day before. Detroit has the largest number of cases with 851.

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The age range of the cases are:

0-19 - 1%
20-29 - 7%
30-39 - 12%
40-49 - 16%
50-59 - 19%
60-69 - 21%
70-79 - 15%
80+ - 8%

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she has asked President Trump to declare a major disaster in the state.

If granted, Whitmer said it will help provide meals to those who need them, provide rental assistance for temporary housing, therapy for residents whose mental health is affected by COVID-19 and much more.

As of Tuesday, she said Wayne County had the second highest number of confirmed cases in the United States.

Michigan ranked fifth in the nation for positive cases.

"The only tool we have to fight this is to stay home," Whitmer said. "It is important that people know this order is not optional and it is not a recommendation."

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