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COVID-19 made 2020 Michigan’s deadliest year; deaths rose 18%

The coronavirus led to the most deaths in Michigan history last year.
The coronavirus led to the most deaths in Michigan history last year.(ap newsroom)
Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 12:57 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The coronavirus made 2020 Michigan’s deadliest year, driving a nearly 18% increase in deaths over 2019, according to preliminary state data.

It was the largest annual percentage jump on record, surpassing a 15.6% increase in 1918 -- when the Spanish flu pandemic struck.

More than 115,300 people died in Michigan last year, up from about 97,800 in 2019. COVID-19 has been linked to nearly 16,700 deaths.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver a statewide address Wednesday, marking the one-year anniversary since Michigan’s first confirmed cases. She is asking residents to turn on their porch lights between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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