Alarming Stats: Michigan Ranks 6th in Covid Cases and 5th in Deaths

November 18, 2020, 4:23 PM


On the day that new restrictions take hold, state health officials deliver reasons to be concerned.

Michigan ranks sixth in the nation in Covid cases and fifth in deaths, Sarah Lyon-Callo, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday at a press briefing. 

Wayne County, with 3,126 deaths, ranks ninth nationally among counties, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Its total includes 1,684 fatalities in Detroit since mid-March.

The state's cases continue to rise. As of Wednesday, there were 277,806 confirmed cases of Covid in Michigan and 8,190 deaths. On Wednesday alone, there were 5,772 cases and 62 deaths.

"Michigan has had a rapid rise in hospitalizations and cases, and we're at 75% of our spring peak right now," Lyon-Callo said, according to The Detroit News. "The positivity is increasing in all areas.

"Testing is increasing as well, but it's really not keeping up with positivity or case rates."


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