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Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 54,679; Death toll now at 5,228

Five more deaths confirmed in Michigan

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DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 54,679 as of Sunday afternoon, including 5,228 deaths, state officials report.

Additionally, the number of recoveries statewide climbed to 33,168 Saturday. Just last weekend the state reported a total of 28,234 recoveries.

Sunday’s update represents 314 new cases and 5 additional deaths. On Saturday Michigan’s coronavirus cases climbed to 54,365 with 5,223 deaths reported.

This weekend, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced changes in the way it reports data on COVID-19 testing. The change makes the data more accurate and relevant as the state continues to expand diagnostic testing to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19.

READ: Tracking Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing data

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19 on Friday. Both executive orders were previously set to expire after May 28.

READ MORE: Michiganders react to extension of stay-at-home order

New cases and deaths continue to slow in Michigan, along with hospitalizations. Testing nearly doubled this month, with an average of more than 15,000 per day.

For the first time since data was available, Michigan reported fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 inpatients. Less than 5% of active cases are hospitalized.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1.6 million cases of the coronavirus reported across the United States. More than 97,000 have died in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 5.3 million people have been confirmed infected and at least 341,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.

COVERAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN MICHIGAN:

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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Here is a charted timeline of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan:

Here’s the Michigan county case count mapped and the total number of cases in each US state:

Here are Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths mapped per county:

Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by age range (view here if you’re not seeing the table):

Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by gender (view here if you’re not seeing the table):

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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