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COVID Targets The Old In Michigan

87% of fatalities are age 65 and over in last month; 37% older than 84

Nearly 90% of the COVID-related deaths in Michigan over the last month have been among people age 65 and over, according to state of Michigan data.

The state reported there were 652 COVID-19 related deaths from Oct. 2 to Nov. 5, with 568 of those being individuals age 65 and over, or 87% of the deaths. People age 85 and over accounted for 37% of Michigan’s coronavirus deaths in the last month, representing 244 of the deaths. During the same period, seven people under the age of 45 died.

There is a significant lag in the state of Michigan’s reporting of COVID deaths. For example, the state website that breaks down deaths by age group reports there were 654 additional COVID deaths from Oct. 2 through Nov. 5. Another state website reports there were 746 COVID-related deaths during that time span.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.