Michigan has passed 40,000 deaths due to COVID-19

Michigan has more COVID fatalities than 40K.

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Michigan has passed 40,000 deaths due to COVID-19, marking another milestone for the coronavirus.
The state health department had identified 40,085 people whose deaths had been connected to coronavirus infection as of Tuesday, Nov. 29. That sum dates back to March 2020, when the first COVID cases within state borders were discovered.

36,409 of the reported deaths in Michigan are “confirmed,” meaning the person had a PCR test confirm they had SARS-CoV-2 and were either categorized as deceased during the case investigation, had COVID listed as a cause of death on their idea the certificate, or passed away within 30 days of infection, and their manner of death was listed as “natural.”

The 3,676 COVID deaths

The 3,676 COVID deaths that remain are classified as “probable.” This indicates that although their death certificate listed COVID, a confirmatory (PCR) test was not performed. However, an antigen test may have been performed, which is sufficient to classify an infection as “probable.”

Michigan is eighth nationally in COVID deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The state falls behind Tennessee, Mississippi, Arizona, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Despite housing the 10th largest population, it also ranks ninth in overall COVID deaths.

Iron County, in the western Upper Peninsula bordering Wisconsin, has the highest COVID death rate of any Michigan county at 851 per 100,000 residents. Baraga, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula, as well as Alcona and Oscoda counties in the northeastern Lower Peninsula, have the second-highest per capita death rates.

While this is going on, Washtenaw, Alger, Marquette, Charlevoix, Schoolcraft, Livingston, and Kent counties have been shown to have the lowest death rates per 100,000 population.

The COVID-19 deaths in Michigan by county as of Tuesday, November 29 are shown on the map below. To view a county’s population, total recorded COVID deaths, and fatalities per capita rate, hover your cursor over the county.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been four substantial spikes in COVID-19 fatalities. While the fourth wave’s peak was above 80 per day, the first three waves peaked at 150 or more daily fatalities.

In terms of coronavirus, April 2020 was the deadliest month in Michigan. 3,949 fatalities were recorded. December 2020 (3,772) and December 2021 (3,772) had the following two highest totals (3,623).

Since the late spring, there have been more than 12 but fewer than 30 confirmed and suspected COVID deaths every day in Michigan.

Below is a graph showing Michigan’s most tragic COVID-19 months ever since the pandemic began. The most recent full reporting month, October 2022, ranks 15th out of 33.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of mortality in the United States in each of the previous two years, trailing only heart disease and cancer (CDC). This also applied to Michigan, where 11,204 deaths in 2020 and 13,310 in 2021 were attributed to COVID.

By the end of the first nine months of 2022, COVID is expected to rank third once more, albeit with fewer fatalities. According to preliminary state statistics, Michigan has experienced 5,211 COVID deaths this year, which is greater than stroke (4,078), COPD (3,523), and influenza/pneumonia (918), but falls short of heart disease (18,359) and cancer (14,698).

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