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'Second Wave' Underway, But COVID Deaths A Fraction Of First Wave

Case-count figures sound scary, but compared to April, mortality remains low

WXYZ-TV posted a story Oct. 27 that quoted Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as saying COVID-19 deaths “are also increasingly substantially.” But neither Gordon nor the article cited any actual data on coronavirus deaths in this state.

According to the state of Michigan, there were five COVID-19 related deaths here on Oct. 26. There were three COVID related deaths on Oct. 25.

There have been 412 coronavirus-related deaths in Michigan this month, through Oct. 26. That’s an average of 15.8 per day. There were 274 COVID deaths in September, an average of 9.1 per day, according to the state of Michigan.

By comparison, on April 16, there were 164 COVID-related deaths in Michigan, the highest daily number to date. In the month of April, Michigan experienced 3,744 COVID-related deaths, an average of 124.8 per day. Michigan residents were under a stay-at-home order then.

According to the state, 87% of the COVID-19 deaths in Michigan are among people age 60 and over.

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