CDC data shows an increase in the total number of deaths in Michigan this year amid COVID-19


DETROIT – Data recently released by the Center for Disease Control shows an increase in the total number of deaths this year in states severely affected by COVID-19, including Michigan.

According to CDC data, analyzed by the New York Times, total deaths in seven of the hardest-hit states are nearly 50% above normal (five years earlier) for the five weeks from March 8 to April 11.

Data shows that in Michigan, the number of partial deaths is 121% of the number in a normal year, the equivalent of nearly 2,000 additional deaths. (Find the latest Michigan COVID-19 data here)

According to the New York Times, in New Jersey, deaths were 172% of normal – more than 5,000 more deaths, compared to the average number in the past five years. In New York, 325% of normal, a difference of 11,900 deaths.

In addition, the CDC reported pneumonia and flu-related deaths between February 1, 2020 and April 25, 2020, reporting 220 flu-related deaths in Michigan during the period – 2,559 died of pneumonia, including 834 had both pneumonia and COVID-19.

As of April 29, Michigan had reported 3,567 deaths from COVID-19.

Data from the CDC is partial and the state is reporting deaths from COVID-19 much faster than at the federal level.

Related: Fact Checking: Do Hospitals Report All COVID-19 Deaths?

Michigan, like many other states, is examining death certificates and their test results, which has resulted in a retroactive increase in deaths from COVID-19. More about it below from MDHHS:

“Regular reviews of the death certificate data kept in the civil status notification systems are carried out by MDHHS staff three times a week. As part of this process, the records that identify COVID-19 infection as a contributing factor in death are compared to all laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS).

If a death certificate is matched with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and the MDSS record does not indicate the deceased, the MDSS record is updated to indicate the death and the appropriate local health service is informed. These matched deaths are then included with the mortality information published on the Michigan Coronavirus website. Following the last assessment, today’s data includes 40 additional deaths identified by this methodology. “

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