Michigan coronavirus cases, deaths still trending downward

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News

The number of new cases and deaths tied to the the new coronavirus in Michigan continue to fall, as the state on Monday reported 17 additional deaths.

The state has also reported 239 probable deaths through Monday, which when included brings the state's death toll to 5,912. 

Probable deaths are for those who didn't test positive but whose death certificate listed COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also confirmed Monday 129 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The state has also reported 5,702 probable cases for a total 64,701 known cases of COVID-19 through Monday. 

New cases of COVID continue to fall, with the state averaging 193 new cases a day for the previous five days, compared with an average 283 a day for the previous five-day period. 

Keeping 6-foot social distancing in mind, the Shake Shack in Troy tapes off every other table in its indoor dining area.

Deaths also are trending down, with an average 21 deaths a day for the last five days, compared to 33 deaths a day for the previous five-day stretch, according to state data.

Michigan ranks ninth for the number of COVID-19 cases and sixth for the most deaths with 5,673, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted Michigan's stay-at-home order and allowed dine-in restaurants, bars, libraries, swimming pools and day camps to reopen Monday with restrictions. Social groups of up to 100 are again allowed to convene outdoors. 

Public health officials still caution that those most vulnerable to severe disease from COVID-19, including the elderly and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, should consider not going out unless they must to protect themselves. 

Metro Detroit, including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, has accounted for about 61% of Michigan's COVID-19 cases and 77% of deaths.