Michigan no longer ranks in the Top 3 for U.S. deaths according to statistics The ‘Gander is tracking, as the state flattens the curve.

MICHIGAN — This week’s latest data tells a new story in Michigan as the state shapes the next phase of the pandemic as the curve flattens. 

While Michigan quickly rose to the top in the nation for the coronavirus’s demonstrated devastation, our efforts to flatten the curve unde Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders are finally paying off. 

One of the latest statistics reflects that: Michigan is no longer in the Top 3 for most deaths in the U.S. 

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While The ‘Gander has been drawing attention to Michigan’s extremely high Case Fatality Rate (CFR), the overall slowed progression of the disease has helped Michigan finally fall out of the top three states in terms of total deaths. 

Michigan was in the top three states for total coronavirus cases until around April 15, The ‘Gander reported, but Michigan total deaths remained third in the nation until this week. 

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The relative slowing of case growth and total death count indicate that the measures Michigan engaged in to limit the spread of the virus have been extremely effective. And the reduced spread has allowed Michigan to look at safe ways to re-engage the economy. 

Wednesday reported 592 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases and 55 new deaths. These numbers continue to represent a slow and steady spread as the curve flattens, significantly improved from the worst days in early April. 

The Michigan Disease Surveillance System identified another 38 deaths, bringing Michigan total deaths to 4,343. There are presently a total of 45,646 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 

This makes Thursday’s CFR to 9.5%.

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This makes efforts to pursue a cure or treatment even more important and Michigan is taking centr stage in the fight to combat the spread of the virus. 

Michigan’s manufacturing facility for Pfizer has been hard at work on the long process of developing an effective vaccination, The ‘Gander reports. The Kalamazoo location in particular is essential in this process. 

“Kalamazoo is the largest and most diverse manufacturing site in the Pfizer network – which brings with it talented colleagues and an amazing depth of experience and knowledge,” Chaz Calitri,  Pfizer’s VP of operations and sterile injectables tells The ‘Gander.

But vaccines can take a long time to develop, and the effort to make them is best a collaborative process. President Trump’s desire to, as the Guardian noted, buy exclusive rights for a treatment that only Americans could have are the kinds of things that hurt pandemic response. 

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

  • Alcona: 4 (1 death)
  • Allegan: 126 (2 deaths)  
  • Alpena: 86 (8 deaths)
  • Antrim: 10 
  • Arenac:27 (1 death)  
  • Baraga: 1
  • Barry: 41 (1 death)
  • Bay: 179 (9 deaths)
  • Benzie: 4
  • Berrien: 354 (21 deaths)
  • Branch: 73 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 252 (17 deaths)
  • Cass: 36 (2 deaths)
  • Charlevoix: 13 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 19 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 2
  • Clare: 12 (2 deaths)
  • Clinton: 126 (10 deaths)
  • Crawford: 56 (4 death)
  • Delta: 15 (2 deaths)
  • Dickinson: 4 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 146 (6 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 1,731 (213 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 15 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 4 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 20 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 27 (2 deaths)
  • Hillsdale: 146 (21 deaths)
  • Houghton 2
  • Huron: 31 (1 death)
  • Ingham: 557 (14 deaths)
  • Ionia: 99 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 54 (7 deaths)
  • Isabella: 61 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 380 (26 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 561 (25 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 2,076 (41 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 174 (29 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 9
  • Lenawee: 121 (2 deaths)
  • Livingston: 368 (20 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 6
  • Macomb: 5,876 (678 deaths)
  • Manistee: 11
  • Marquette: 53 (8 deaths)
  • Mason:15
  • Mecosta: 15 (2 deaths)
  • Menominee: 6
  • Midland: 63 (8 deaths)
  • Missaukee: 16 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 371 (15 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 46 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 5
  • Muskegon: 344 (19 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 34
  • Oakland: 7,624 (789 deaths)
  • Oceana: 23 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 15
  • Osceola: 8
  • Oscoda: 5 
  • Otsego: 95 (8 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 331 (172 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 12
  • Roscommon: 18
  • Saginaw: 772 (78 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 38 (5 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 4
  • Shiawassee: 198 (13 deaths)
  • St Clair: 342 (23 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 47 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 126 (16 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 73 (2 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 1,140 (77 deaths)
  • Wayne: 17,667 (2,012 deaths) (Detroit alone has 9,566 cases and 1,147 deaths)
  • Wexford: 9 (2 deaths)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 2,036 (50 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 106 (3 deaths)
  • Unknown 30
  • Out of State 3

Total: 45,646 cases, 4,343 deaths