CORONAVIRUS: Washtenaw County Death Toll at 50, Recoveries Now Reported for More Than Half of Confirmed Cases

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 04/25/2020 - 21:54

Three more Washtenaw County died as a result of the coronavirus according to Washtenaw County Health Department data released Saturday evening.

The virus has now claimed 50 lives after the deadliest week since the global pandemic hit Washtenaw County. COVID-19 has claimed 26 lives since last Saturday's report.

The number of confirmed cases increased by 28 to 1,002. The number of hospitalizations increased by four to 282. There were 51 new recoveries. With 511 recoveries, for the first time since data has been reported, the number of recoveries is more than 50 percent of the number of confirmed cases.

In Saline's 48176 zip code, there have now been 60 cases, up one since yesterday.

Yesterday, the Washtenaw County Health Department began providing additional data on "probable" cases of COVID-19. They are defined as cases that have been directly linked to a confirmed case, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but have not been tested.

“Testing remains a challenge,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, Washtenaw County Health Officer. “We know confirmed cases can’t yet give us a complete picture of what’s happening locally, and we’re doing everything we can to understand the impact of COVID-19 more fully in Washtenaw County.”

County health officials say the addition of probable health cases provides a more complete picture of the illness.  The county has been tracking probably cases since March 21.

The number of probable cases is at 207. There have been three probable deaths and 136 probably recoveries.

There are an additional five probable cases in Saline's 48176 zip code.

Michigan reported 189 new deaths - a number that includes several deaths as result of analyzing death certificate death. There have now been 3,274 deaths in Michigan.

There were 562 new cases, taking the total number to 37,203.

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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