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Coronavirus live updates, March 27: State reports largest increase with 801 new cases and 32 more deaths

Here are live updates on the coronavirus for Friday, March 27.
Credit: WZZM/CDC

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state officials report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

State total is now at 3,657 cases and 92 people have died

As of Friday morning, state data shows there were 801 new cases and 32 more deaths. New state data shows that 65% of patients deaths have been men. The average age of deceased patients is 68.4. There are also 23 cases reported within the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

Two of the Friday reported deaths were in Muskegon County. A majority of the state's 92 deaths have occurred in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. 

View the cumulative data here.

State announces new format for reporting cases and new time 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will no longer provide a daily breakdown by county of confirmed cases. In an effort to simplify reporting, MDHHS will include those numbers in the cumulative table. The update will now be posted at 3 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.

Here is how the state will breakdown numbers:

  • Cumulative cases and deaths broken down by county. 
  • A map illustrating case density by county.
  • Percentage of cases by age range (in 10-year increments).
  • Overall percentage of cases by sex.
  • Overall percentage of deceased by sex.
  • Cumulative number of specimens tested for COVID-19.
  • Average age, median age and age range of deaths.

Changes made to food assistance program and unemployment filing system

Read more: State develops new schedule for unemployment filing amid COVID-19

Grand Rapids priest tests positive for COVID-19

Rev. Mark Przybysz of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community is in the hospital with coronavirus, according to his church's website. 

First 2 COVID-19 deaths in Muskegon County 

The victims are an 83-year-old man and a 78-year-old man.

Read more: Muskegon's first COVID-19 deaths, preparing more hospital beds for surge of new patients

Surgeon general on pandemic: Detroit will worsen next week 

The U.S. surgeon general says the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for cases of the new coronavirus, will worsen. Three Detroit-area counties — Wayne, Oakland and Macomb — account for 84% of the nearly 3,000 people in Michigan confirmed to have COVID-19. 

At least 60 have died, all but eight from the three-county region. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells “CBS This Morning” that Detroit “will have a worse week next week." 

His comments come as as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration implements a plan in which hospitals outside southeast Michigan accept patients from hospitals overwhelmed with virus patients.  

Read more: Michigan hospitals jammed as coronavirus cases, deaths rise

Read more: Michigan hospitals open beds to help overwhelmed system

Greenville student diagnosed with COVID-19

A Greenville High School student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Greenville Daily News.

The district notified the community of the diagnosis, but was limited in what information could be shared. Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Linda Van Houten said the district is working with the Kent County Health Department to follow all the appropriate protocols for the situation. 

Thursday's cases

The state total for COVID-19 cases rose to 2,856 and the death toll is at 60. 

The state is also now reporting 13 positive cases within the Michigan Department of Corrections, but not all of those cases were new as of Thursday. The state is just now separating MDOC cases from other county cases. 

The deaths reported on Thursday were in Wayne, Genesee, Mecosta, Macomb, Oakland and Tuscola counties. 

Here is our full 13 ON YOUR SIDE coronavirus website.

Do you have more questions about COVID-19 in Michigan? Check out the state's website.


Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath  

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.  



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