CORONAVIRUS: As COVID-19 Cases Decline, the Number of Deaths Rises

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 04/21/2020 - 16:28

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Washtenaw County has declined, the number of deaths has risen sharply. 

Five more Washtenaw County residents died as a result of COVID-19, according to new data released this afternoon by the Washtenaw County health department. The number of dead now stands at 38 - up by 12 since data released Saturday morning, though Saturday's county data did not record three deaths included in the state's reporting. 

There have been 900 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county - up 19 from yesterday.

There were 17 additional recoveries in today's report, bringing the number to 412. The number of hospitalizations rose by 10 to 265.

The number of cases in Saline's 48176 zip code increased by one to 57.

Due to the number of deaths, the county is also providing new data. For example, 53 percent of the deaths have been those people 80 and older. 26 percent have come from the 70-79 group and 16 percent have been from the 60-69 group. 55 percent of Washtenaw County residents who died are men. And 24 percent of the deaths have been African American, even though they only represent 12 percent of the population.

There were 232 new deaths reported in Michigan - although that number is inflated by a once-a-week search of death certificates to find previously unreported COVID-19 deaths. There have now been 2,700 deaths reported.

The number of daily cases rose by 967 to 32,967.

Everyone is at risk for coronavirus and should continue taking every precaution to help slow the spread of illness.

  • Stay home.
  • Avoid any gatherings.
  • Go out only for essentials like food or medicine.
  • If you do go out, wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth and keep a distance of six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands well and often.
  • If you have symptoms that are getting worse, or if you have shortness of breath, call your physician or healthcare provider.
  • If you have emergency symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pain, or feeling faint, call a hospital emergency department or 9-1-1.
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