The COVID-19 pandemic is now officially the deadliest event in Michigan history.
That’s according to raw numbers published by M-Live in the wake of news Monday that the U.S. has suffered 500,000 deaths from the disease. Michigan has recorded more than 16,000 COVID deaths in the last 11 months. That’s a thousand more than the Influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919 and exceeds the number of Michiganders who were killed during World War II and the Vietnam War combined.
In the last year COVID-19 has become the third-leading cause of death in the State of Michigan, behind heart disease and cancer.