Michigan reports 1,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Michigan had 1,035 confirmed COVID-19 case resulting in eight deaths through 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the latest numbers released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday afternoon. 

A COVID-19 death reported by Washtenaw County later on Sunday brought the total to nine. Three deaths were reported by area hospitals on Saturday. 

The number of counties with confirmed coronavirus cases increased to 32, from 27 counties with cases reported as of Saturday. Allegan, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse and Roscommon counties were added to the list. 

The greatest number of confirmed cases are in the city of Detroit, where 325 cases have been confirmed, including four people who died. 

Of the newly confirmed cases, 86% are in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Statewide, 50 percent of the cases are in males, and 50 percent in females, according to state data. 

There have been 277 confirmed cases in Oakland County, and one death. Wayne County has had 152 cases with one death, and there have been 140 cases and one death confirmed in Macomb County.

There has also been one coronavirus death in Kent County, which had 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday. 

The first Wayne State University student to test positive for COVID-19 was also reported Sunday. The student is moving to a floor in a dorm that is being reserved for quarantining students as the coronavirus continues to spread.  

Many people in Detroit are temporarily out of work or working from home to limit exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the federal government to provide the state with more coronavirus test kits and to include Detroit automakers in a stimulus package being considered.

As of Saturday, COVID-19 cases were confirmed in 29 of Michigan's 83 counties, with the highest numbers in Detroit and Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Cases have been confirmed throughout the lower peninsula, from Leelanau to Monroe County, and Barry County to St. Clair. 

On Saturday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced more than 200 new cases had been confirmed in the state, pushing the cumulative total to 787.

Whitmer issued a new executive order on Saturday night clarifying that nail, tanning and hair salons along with tattoo shops must temporarily close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The governor's new order also extends the ongoing closure of fitness centers, movie theaters, bars and dine-in service at restaurants. That closure was previously set to end on March 30. Under the new order, it goes until April 13.

Whitmer addressed the state's needs during the coronavirus outbreak Sunday morning on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace and ABC News' "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos.

"We're going to continue to see these numbers go up exponentially. The problem that we have right now is that we don't have enough test kits," Whitmer said on "This Week."


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Ariana Taylor, Kim Kozlowski and Beth LeBlanc contributed