The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 132,039 as of Thursday, including 6,869 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update represents 1,197 cases, with an additional 22 deaths, including 20 from Vital Records. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,016 and nine deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have slightly increased in the last two weeks, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 30,000 per day, with the positive rate just above 3 percent over the last 10 days. The state reported its highest one-day testing total with more than 41,000 diagnostic tests on Aug. 21.
Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last two weeks, but critical care data remains stable. Ventilator use is near its lowest point since tracking, dating back to April.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 923 on Thursday, the highest since late April. The state’s fatality rate is 5.2 percent. Michigan has reported 99,521 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 25,700 as of Thursday.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2.9 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 7.5 million cases reported across the country. More than 212,200 have died in the U.S.
Worldwide, more than 36.3 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1 million 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.
New daily Michigan COVID-19 totals since Sept. 10
- Sept. 10 -- 924 new cases
- Sept. 11 -- 1,313 new cases
- Sept. 12 -- 692 new cases
- Sept. 14 -- 1,088 new cases (case count for two days)
- Sept. 15 -- 571 new cases
- Sept. 16 -- 680 new cases
- Sept. 17 -- 829 new cases
- Sept. 18 -- 695 new cases
- Sept. 19 -- 483 new cases
- Sept. 21 -- 1,536 new cases (case count for two days)
- Sept. 22 -- 504 new cases
- Sept. 23 -- 705 new cases
- Sept. 24 -- 982 new cases
- Sept. 25 -- 929 new cases
- Sept. 26 -- 901 new cases
- Sept. 28 -- 1,308 new cases (case count for two days)
- Sept. 29 -- 898 new cases
- Sept. 30 -- 1,054 new cases
- Oct. 1 -- 891 new cases
- Oct. 2 -- 780 new cases
- Oct. 3 -- 1,158 new cases
- Oct. 5 -- 1,407 new cases (case count for two days)
- Oct. 6 -- 903 new cases
- Oct. 7 -- 1,016 new cases
- Oct. 8 -- 1,197 new cases
Latest COVID-19 data 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.
- Full coverage: Coronavirus in Michigan
Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by gender (view here if you’re not seeing the table):
How COVID-19 Spreads
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.
- Wear a mask or face covering when in public.
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.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Question about coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge here.
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