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Michigan reports a sharp rise in 'recovered' COVID-19 patients

Apr 25, 2020

Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The number of Michiganders who have officially “recovered” from COVID-19 has more than doubled in the past week

State health official released data Saturday showing the number of recovered cases has risen to 8,342.  The state listed 3,237 “recovered” cases last Saturday and 433 two weeks ago.

Michigan health department officials concede there are currently few standards that explain what the term “recovered” means in a way that describes the data consistently.

The state of Michigan has been representing recovery as individuals who have not died due to COVID-19 more than 30 days after the infection has been detected.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing vital records statistics to identify people with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection who are 30 days out from the onset of their illness to represent “recovery” status. 

State health officials say as the pandemic continues to impact Michigan, the pool of ‘recovered’ cases will expand to include more cases for review.

State health officials are working with their academic partners to conduct longer-term health assessments of Michigan’s Covid-19 confirmed case population. 

Overall, 37, 203 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19.

3,274 Michiganders have died of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.