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Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 64,675, Death toll now at 5,966

More than 51,000 recoveries confirmed

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 64,675 as of Thursday, including 5,966 deaths, state officials report.

Thursday’s update represents 543 new confirmed cases and an additional 15 deaths. Wednesday’s total was 64,132 confirmed cases and 5,951 deaths.

State officials said the data was pulled a little later than usual Thursday, which might have led to additional cases being counted in Thursday’s numbers that normally would have been counted for Friday. They said that might have increased Thursday’s case count by 40-50, at most.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut down indoor bar services Wednesday throughout most of the Lower Peninsula due to a slight COVID-19 spike across the state.

The percentage of positive cases in the 20-29 years old range, as well as known outbreaks at two different bars, went into the state’s decision. More than 130 cases have been linked to an outbreak at Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing, and there are concerns surrounding multiple confirmed cases linked to Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak.

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Due to the state’s uptick in cases in late June, Whitmer didn’t move the entire state to phase five before the Fourth of July weekend, as originally planned. The Lansing and Grand Rapids regions, in particular, are considered high risk and medium-high risk, respectively.

New York City and states that likewise seemed to have tamed their coronavirus outbreaks are hitting pause on some of their reopening plans because of the alarming surge in reported infections across the Sun Belt and other parts of the U.S.The run-up in cases — blamed in part on “knucklehead behavior” by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

New Michigan COVID-19 cases per day since June 15:

  • June 15 -- 74 new cases
  • June 16 -- 125 new cases
  • June 17 -- 204 new cases
  • June 18 -- 225 new cases
  • June 19 -- 211 new cases
  • June 20 -- 255 new cases
  • June 21 -- 146 new cases
  • June 22 -- 179 new cases
  • June 23 -- 221 new cases
  • June 24 -- 323 new cases
  • June 25 -- 353 new cases
  • June 26 -- 389 new cases
  • June 27 -- 314 new cases
  • June 28 -- 252 new cases
  • June 29 -- 236 new cases
  • June 30 -- 373 new cases
  • July 1 -- 252 new cases
  • July 2 -- 543 new cases

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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