MICHIGAN — The coronavirus death toll in Michigan is now up past 13,701 state health officials announced Friday, Michigan now has more than 533,602 cases.
Mapping Out the Cases as of Jan. 15
The coronavirus has hit every Michigan county now, including the most remote stretches of the Upper Peninsula.
According to the latest update from Michigan.gov, the breakdown of cases by county is as follows:
The Michiganders Who Lost their Lives to Coronavirus
The first death, a 50-year-old man
The first death happened Wednesday morning at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County, officials said. The man was in his 50s and had other underlying medical conditions, according to a report from ClickonDetroit.
He has since been confirmed to be a Southgate resident, according to Mayor Joseph Kuspa. The man has not been identified yet, the mayor said.
“We are praying for him and his family,” Kuspa said, according to The Oakland Press. “Let’s not let this loss of life go in vain. Take precautions and heed the warnings of the Wayne County Health Department and White House task force. We have to do our part.”
A Beaumont official said they worked hard in an attempt to save him.
“Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for this patient, and we are deeply saddened by his passing and empathize with his family,” Beaumont Health Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant said.
“Our physicians, nurses and medical staff are all working together to care for COVID-19 patients. During a time like this, we are united to battle this virus. Further, we must continue to serve and care for the non-COVID-19 needs of all patients, whether they are giving birth, needing essential surgery or requiring lifesaving emergency procedures.”
The next death, an 81-year-old woman
The second death was confirmed Thursday morning by the Henry Ford Health System: an 81-year-old woman who died at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
The elderly have been hit the hardest by coronavirus deaths worldwide.
“We are deeply saddened by this outcome and our hearts remain with the patient’s family and friends,” said Bob Riney, the president of healthcare operations and COO of Henry Ford Health System.
Her identity has not been released.
A woman in her 50s
Shortly after the second death, a third confirmed death was reported at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. This was the first coronavirus-related death from Oakland County.
Officials said it was a woman in her 50s with underlying health conditions prior to contracting the virus.
Her name has not been released either.
Detroit has been the hardest-hit city in Michigan, with hundreds of cases alone. The state breaks down Detroit’s toll separate from the rest of Wayne County.
Officials announced Friday that three Detroiters had died from complications of COVID-19. Their identities were not released.
With 325 confirmed cases, Michigan’s largest city now has 31% of the state’s coronavirus cases, despite containing less than 7% of state residents, Bridge reported.
Second death in Oakland County
An elderly woman in her 90s was identified as the second death from Oakland County. Officials then closed down Oakland County malls and businesses.
Spreading into Macomb County
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Saturday night that a 52-year-old man with underlying health conditions died at a hospital in Clinton Township. Hackel said this is the county’s first coronavirus-related death, and 121 cases have been identified in the county at that point.
Officials also said that a 1-month-old and a 100-year-old are among the most recent positive tests in Macomb County during that same time period.
Hitting the west side of the state
In Kent County, the local health department released a statement that confirmed the death of a 71-year-old man, also with underlying health conditions.
The first death in Washtenaw County
Health officials with the Washtenaw County Health Department announced Sunday the county’s first coronavirus-related death, marking the ninth death in the state. Officials said the victim was an older man with underlying health conditions who was hospitalized Saturday. He died Sunday at Michigan Medicine.
The jump to 15
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun made the announcement along with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that we would be entering a “shelter-in-place” order. With that announcement came the new total that Michigan had hit 15 deaths from the coronavirus.
The jump to 24
The new deaths happened in Detroit, four in Oakland County, two in Macomb County, two in Wayne County (outside of Detroit), and one in Kent County.
The spike to 43
By Wednesday, news had broke that several high-profile Detroiters had died from coronavirus complications, including two members of the Detroit Police Department and a local consultant.
The leap to 60 deaths
The first death occurred in Genesee County, while most of the losses of life occurred in the tri-county area of Metro Detroit, including now 15 in Oakland, 11 in Macomb, 11 in Wayne and another 15 just in the city of Detroit alone.
Possible Michigan Exposure Sites in Hardest-Hit Areas
Mlive.com released a map of possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Metro Detroit and across Michigan. The following locations are among the most populated exposure sites around the area:
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (Romulus), from 7-9 a.m. on March 1
- New York International Imported Foods (West Bloomfield Twp.), 11-11:30 a.m., March 4
- Walmart (Commerce Twp.), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 4
- White Castle (New Baltimore), 12:15-12:35 p.m., March 5
- Hobby Lobby (Fort Gratiot Twp.), 1 p.m. on March 5
- Poole’s Tavern (Northville), 12:30-1 p.m. on March 6
- MSA Woodland (Grand Rapids), 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 7
- Tap Room (Ypsilanti), from 1-3p.m. on March 7
- Texas Roadhouse (Kentwood), 4:30-6:15 p.m., March 7
- USA Hockey Arena (Plymouth), 5:30-10:30 p.m., March 7
- Burger King (Portland), 3:45-4 p.m., March 8
- Jimmy John’s (Grand Rapids), 11:30-12 p.m., March 8
- Sandi Patty Concert, Howard Performing Arts Center (Berrien Springs), March 8, time unknown
- The Hair Spot (Ann Arbor), 5:15-5:45 p.m., March 9
- The Ann Arbor YMCA, 6-7 p.m., March 9
- AMC Fairlane 21 (Dearborn), from 6-10 p.m. on March 10
- Osborn High School (Detroit), time and date unknown
The Statewide Perspective
In total, COVID-19 has been detected in the vast majority of Michigan’s 83 counties, with the sickened ranging in age from an infant to a centenarian.
Now, the state waits with bated breath as the next round of results is expected to be announced at 3 p.m. each day.
Nick Meyer wrote this original story. Statistical data is updated by The ‘Gander staff.