132 deaths, 5,486 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan

Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 27, 2020

(WXYZ) — There are now 132 deaths and 5,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, state officials announced Sunday.

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That's an additional 21 deaths from Saturdays numbers, with more than 5,000 positive cases reported. Detroit has the largest number of positive cases in the state with a total 1,542.

The age range of the cases are:

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

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On Friday, President Donald Trump approved Michigan's disaster declaration. The declaration ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic beginning on January 20 and continuing.

This came after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday she had asked President Trump to declare a major disaster in the state.

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.


"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."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assessing facilities for the possible conversion into alternate care facilities as part of the effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personnel from FEMA, USACE and state/local emergency management and medical personnel are conducting initial and in-depth site assessments at multiple locations.

Detroit began its drive-thru coronavirus testing on Friday.

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