Daily new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus in Michigan. Graphic by Tania Lili.
Daily new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus in Michigan. Graphic by Tania Lili.

Michigan reached 2,700 deaths from the coronavirus, including 95 deaths from earlier in the pandemic discovered Tuesday. How will a new spike in cases and deaths change the path to recovery?

MICHIGAN — Health officials’ daily reporting of novel coronavirus deaths discovered almost a hundred previously uncounted deaths on Tuesday.

As part of a process to increase accuracy in the daily statistics about Michigan cases of coronavirus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MIDHHS) discovered Tuesday 95 deaths that had not been previously reported. 

This was determined by checking death certificates against the list of people with laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS). Those deaths are then added to the MDSS and from there get reported in the daily statistics released by the state. This is a normal part of the calculation of the state’s data, and these 95 deaths do not represent people who died in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday’s report.

Those 95 victims of the coronavirus join the 137 Michiganders who died in Tuesday’s day-over-day report, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,700. Even setting aside the MDSS retabulation, this represents a near-doubling of Monday’s total. Daily confirmed cases spiked as well, from a day-over-day rise under 576 to 967. 

Michigan now has a total of 2,700 dead, with 32,967 total confirmed cases. With the new MDSS data, Michigan’s Case Fatality Rate has risen to 8.1%. 

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Tuesday’s spike could be a statistical blip in the broader trajectory seen over the past week toward flattening the curve, but come nearly a week after a major protest in Lansing where, The ‘Gander reported, people ignored social distancing practices and risked a spread of the coronavirus. 

The spike also comes as Michigan Republicans set sights on ending the stay-at-home orders Gov. Gretchen Whitmer implemented to slow the disease’s spread. Whitmer announced Monday that she would be considering the state’s moves to control the pandemic going forward over the next week. Whether Tuesday is an outlier or a turn toward a second wave of infections will be instrumental in that decision. 

According to the daily update from the state, the county-level breakdown is as follows:

  • Alcona: 3  
  • Allegan: 47  
  • Alpena: 35 (1 death)
  • Antrim: 9  
  • Arenac:13 (1 death)  
  • Barry: 26 (1 death)
  • Bay: 86 (2 deaths)
  • Benzie: 4
  • Berrien: 170 (10 deaths)
  • Branch: 43 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 156 (5 deaths)
  • Cass: 22 (1 death
  • Charlevoix: 12 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 14 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 1
  • Clare: 9 (1 death)
  • Clinton: 105 (7 deaths)
  • Crawford: 30 (2 death)
  • Delta: 12 (2 death)
  • Dickinson: 3 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 99 (5 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 1298 (131 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 9 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 4 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 19 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 8 (1 death)
  • Hillsdale: 94 (11 deaths)
  • Houghton 2
  • Huron: 9
  • Ingham: 335 (6 deaths)
  • Ionia: 26 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 15 (2 death)
  • Isabella: 53 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 280 (12 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 201 (10 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 626 (25 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 184 (22 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 7 
  • Lenawee: 71
  • Livingston: 301 (11 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 4
  • Macomb: 4544 (445 deaths)
  • Manistee: 11
  • Marquette: 35 (6 deaths)
  • Mason: 4 
  • Mecosta: 14 (1 death)
  • Menominee: 1
  • Midland: 48 (3 death)
  • Missaukee: 6 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 241 (10 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 26 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 4
  • Muskegon: 160 (10 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 10
  • Oakland: 6306 (506 deaths)
  • Oceana: 4 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 6
  • Osceola: 8
  • Oscoda: 4 
  • Otsego: 77 (6 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 129 (7 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 6
  • Roscommon: 11
  • Saginaw: 433 (32 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 32 (3 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 3
  • Shiawassee: 121 (3 deaths)
  • St Clair: 259 (15 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 25 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 63 (11 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 34 (2 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 900 (38 deaths)
  • Wayne: 6351 (550 deaths)
  • Wexford: 7 (1 death)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 615 (20 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 57
  • Unknown: 26 (2 deaths)
  • Out of State: 32(2 deaths)

Total: 32,967 cases, 2,700 deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data for Tuesday shows a national count of 746,625 and death toll of 39,083 including probable but unconfirmed cases and deaths. 

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Against this backdrop, President Trump is expected to make a few moves Tuesday, the New York Times reports. While one of these is a deal reportedly struck with Congress on a new wave of pandemic support programs like the small business loans desperately needed by Michiganders.another is significantly more controversial.

President Trump is expected to announce a complete end to the issuing of green cards, effectively halting the legal immigration process. This, as ABC News notes, fits with a broader strategy Trump has employed of using executive authority to enact sweeping changes to American immigration policy. Details about both the legal grounds for the order and its motivation are murky, but the administration has paired it with rhetoric about American’s desire to get back to work.

“This is a desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shift blame away from its incompetent response to the coronavirus while tens of thousands of Americans are dying across the country,” Paola Luisim co-director of the immigrant advocacy group Families Belong Together, told ABC.