COVID number 3 cause of death in Michigan

With more than 12K deaths for the year, COVID has surpassed the death toll for all but two causes of death this year.

As of Saturday, 12,029 people in Michigan have died from COVID-19. According to data from recent years, that makes the coronavirus the third largest cause of death in the state.

Based on mortality data from 2018, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Michigan with more than 25,000 deaths that year. Cancer comes in second with 21,000 deaths.

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COVID-19 has surpassed other major fatality causes such as strokes, accidents, and diabetes. Influenza, which is often compared with the novel coronavirus, killed fewer than 2,000 people in 2018. COVID-19 had passed that number within two months of the start of the pandemic.

You can read a full breakdown on Bridge Michigan.

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