UPDATE: 17,221 COVID-19 instances in MI, 727 deaths | Information

The variety of confirmed instances and testing samples being processed has elevated dramatically.



KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) —  As of Monday, April 6 2020, the state’s official COVID-19 tracking website reviews that 17,221 people have examined constructive for the acute respiratory sickness in Michigan. 

727 Michigan residents have died from COVID-19, after state well being officers confirmed the primary loss of life from the sickness again on March 10. That is a rise of 1,503 constructive instances and 110 deaths from the day earlier than.


The lifeless vary in age from 20 to 107-years-old. The common age is about 71-years-old. 59% of these deceased had been male whereas 41% had been feminine, however each genders are about the identical with regards to reported constructive coronavirus instances.

The metro Detroit space continues to be hit the toughest with the highest three counties being Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb. 346 of these deaths are in Wayne County alone.

Greater than 70 of Michigan’s 83 counties have reported instances of coronavirus.


On Monday, March 23, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive orderShe reiterated the importance of this order throughout a press briefing on Thursday March 26 and since then she has been holding weekly press briefings to replace the general public on the state’s newest response to this well being pandemic.

In Southwest Michigan, on Wednesday, March 25, the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department was notified of their first case in Van Buren County and their first loss of life was reported on April 2. Now they’ve seen 16 constructive instances and one loss of life, based on the state’s information. 

On Thursday, March 26, Cass County received their first confirmed coronavirus case, a day after Van Buren County. There are actually seven instances in Cass County and one reported loss of life.


Calhoun County, which is now as much as 41 instances and one reported loss of life, reported their first positive case again on Saturday March 21.

Berrien County officers have been taking this well being disaster very severely as their numbers proceed to develop. On Thursday, March 26, they declared a local state of emergency for the county. They noticed their first reported death on March 30. The second loss of life was reported by health officials on Monday, April 6. These are the one two reported deaths within the space right now.

On Monday, March 23, the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department reported their first three positive cases of the coronavirus. The three grownup instances are unrelated and one is a deputy with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Division. At the very least two officers with the Kalamazoo Division of Public Security have additionally examined constructive. On Monday, March 30, the first COVID-19 death was reported in Kalamazoo County after which on Saturday, April four, two additional deaths were confirmed. Now, Kalamazoo County is as much as 58 constructive instances.


On Sunday, March 29, officers confirmed Western Michigan University student died from the coronavirus, however defined that the sufferer didn’t dwell in Southwest Michigan. 4 students were also reported as positive cases.

The primary confirmed case of COVID-19 in Michigan was reported on Tuesday, March 10. 

The next is a breakdown of instances by day for the state of Michigan:

  • Friday, March 20: 549 confirmed instances
  • Saturday, March 21: 787 confirmed instances; 5 deaths
  • Sunday, March 22: 1,035 confirmed instances; eight deaths
  • Monday, March 23: 1,328 confirmed instances;15 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 24: 1,791 confirmed instances; 24 deaths
  • Wednesday, March 25: 2,295 confirmed instances; 43 deaths
  • Thursday, March 26: 2,856 confirmed instances; 60 deaths
  • Friday, March 27: three,657 confirmed instances; 92 deaths
  • Saturday, March 28: four,650 confirmed instances; 111 deaths
  • Sunday, March 29: 5,486 confirmed instances; 132 deaths
  • Monday, March 30: 6,498 confirmed instances; 184 deaths
  • Tuesday, March 31: 7,615 confirmed instances; 259 deaths
  • Wednesday, April 1: 9,334 confirmed instances; 337 deaths
  • Thursday, April 2: 10,791 confirmed instances; 417 deaths
  • Friday, April three: 12,744 confirmed instances; 479 deaths
  • Saturday, April four: 14,225 confirmed instances; 540 deaths
  • Sunday, April 5: 15,718 confirmed instances; 617 deaths
  • Monday, April 6: 17,221 confirmed instances; 727 deaths

The variety of confirmed instances and testing samples being processed since March 20 has elevated dramatically.

The State Bureau of Laboratories facility in Lansing initially was the one lab processing checks for the virus, however Beaumont Well being, College of Michigan Drugs, Henry Ford Medical System, Spectrum Well being in Grand Rapids, and lots of different well being departments have since joined the hassle and elevated their functionality to display screen for COVID-19. 

Officers with the Henry Ford Medical System have beforehand mentioned their lab has the capability to run approximately 100 tests per day, with outcomes processed inside 24 hours.


Kalamazoo County Public Well being Officer Jim Rutherford says they’re nonetheless seeing a rise of COVID-19 instances in the neighborhood. 

“We will hope one thing constructive goes to occur. However it is a curve, and had been nonetheless on the uphill so we have not peaked out but,” Rutherford mentioned at a county fee assembly on Tuesday, referencing pandemic fashions which present a gradual rise in transmission earlier than coronavirus instances decline. 

The Kalamazoo County Well being and Neighborhood Providers Division at present sends testing samples to a state lab, however Rutherford says they’ve reached out to testing laboratories at space hospitals and universities to extend the quantity in a position to be processed. 


Rising backlogs have induced testing outcomes to be delayed, inflicting uncertainty about what the precise case rely is. 

“What was once an anticipated 24 hour wait time is three or 4 occasions that, so that is what we’re scuffling with,” Rutherford mentioned. 

The Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers provides an update of confirmed cases and related demographic information for COVID-19 daily at three p.m. 


County well being departments are additionally allowed to report extra instances earlier than the state does, with Michigan well being officers encouraging residents to maintain observe of outbreak info by means of their native well being division web site. 

The Kalamazoo County Well being and Neighborhood Providers web site offers an updated tally of confirmed cases, negative tests, and other data associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Widespread signs of COVID-19 embrace gentle to extreme respiratory illnesses resembling:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reviews that signs might seem in as few as 2 days or so long as 14 days after publicity.

One of the best prevention for viruses, resembling influenza, the frequent chilly or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your palms typically with cleaning soap and heat water for 20 seconds. If not out there, use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril, or mouth with unwashed palms.
  • Cowl your mouth and nostril with a tissue or higher sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep away from contact with people who find themselves sick.
  • In case you are sick, keep residence, and keep away from contact with others.
  • Substitute handshakes with elbow bumps.
  • Keep not less than six ft away from others when in a public setting.

The MDHHS hotline for these reporting signs will probably be open seven days every week from eight a.m. to five p.m. at (800) 535-6136. Kalamazoo County has additionally activated its COVID-19 hotline at (269) 373-5267.