50,079 coronavirus cases confirmed in Michigan

Posted at 2:55 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:09:27-04

LANSING, Mich. — The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Michigan has increased to 50,079.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported the latest numbers on the coronavirus outbreak this afternoon.

The number of cases has increased 497 from yesterday, when there were 49,582 statewide cases. Yesterday, the state reported 1,191 new cases.

The "significant increase" in new cases reported yesterday was due to several factors: including a backlog of some test results that were manually entered into the Michigan Disease Surveillance System and increased testing at correctional facilities across the state.

The state says there have been 4,825 coronavirus deaths in Michigan.

The number of deaths has increased 38 from yesterday, when there were 4,787 statewide deaths. Yesterday, the state reported 73 new deaths.

Statewide, 22,686 people have recovered from the virus as of May 8. A person is considered "recovered" by the state if they are "30 days out from their onset of illness."

In the U.S., there are 1,429,990 cases, and there have been 86,744 deaths — while 246,414 people have recovered, according to the global COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

See the state's breakdown by county, sex, age and more.

See interactive graphics on the cases in Michigan