More than 1,800 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 22.
As of Oct. 22, there are a total of 152,862 confirmed cases with 7,129 deaths.
There were 1,873 new confirmed cases and 43 new deaths reported from the day before. The deaths include 31 deaths identified during a Vital Records review.
“It’s important to always stop and reflect that each of these numbers is a person,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. "It’s a Michigander who had a story and had a family who can’t mourn the way we’re used to mourning because they can’t get together safely.”
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
As of Oct. 17, the state is reporting 109,539 people have recovered.
As of April 16, the MDHHS started including a case fatality rate for jurisdictions with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.
The MDHHS issued the following statement about the case fatality rate:
"The case fatality rate is the proportion of people who have died from causes associated with confirmed COVID-19 infection. It is often used as one of the measures of the severity of illness. However, it is important to note several factors can affect this measurement. The methodology employed to identify confirmed cases of illness can impact on the case fatality rate if the cases identified are more likely to be among people with serious illness. A testing strategy that has historically included prioritizing limited testing resources toward confirming infection of hospitalized cases of disease can lead to the overestimation of serious consequences greater than experienced by the entire population of ill persons. The impact of a low number of cases in any specific jurisdiction can contribute to a less accurate and a falsely high proportion of deaths. The results also hinge on public health's ability to identify and include all associated deaths."