The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 380,343 as of Thursday, including 9,580 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update represents 7,146 new cases and 175 additional deaths, including 112 from a Vital Records review. On Wednesday, the state reported 373,197 total cases and 9,405 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases are slowing but deaths continue to rise in Michigan. Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 45,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to near 13% over the last week. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 6,917 on Wednesday, slightly lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 90, the highest since May. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 198,900 on Wednesday, its highest mark on record. More than 165,000 have recovered in Michigan.
The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.The three benchmarks altogether showed a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come, in part because of the delayed effects from Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5.2 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 13.9 million cases reported across the country. More than 273,900 have died in the U.S.
Worldwide, more than 64.7 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.49 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 Oct. 15
- Oct. 15 -- 2,030 new cases (case count inflated due to system slowdown)
- Oct. 16 -- 2,015 new cases
- Oct. 17 -- 1,791 new cases
- Oct. 19 -- 2,909 new cases (case count for two days)
- Oct. 20 -- 1,586 new cases
- Oct. 21 -- 1,597 new cases
- Oct. 22 -- 1,873 new cases
- Oct. 23 -- 1,826 new cases
- Oct. 24 -- 3,338 new cases
- Oct. 26 -- 3,881 new cases (case count for two days)
- Oct. 27 -- 2,367 new cases
- Oct. 28 -- 3,271 new cases
- Oct. 29 -- 3,675 new cases (case count inflated due to network connectivity issues)
- Oct. 30 -- 3,168 new cases
- Oct. 31 -- 3,792 new cases
- Nov. 2 -- 6,709 new cases (case count for two days)
- Nov. 3 -- 3,106 new cases
- Nov. 4 -- 4,101 new cases
- Nov. 5 -- 5,710 new cases
- Nov. 6 -- 3,763 new cases
- Nov. 7 -- 6,225 new cases
- Nov. 9 -- 9,010 new cases (case count for two days)
- Nov. 10 -- 6,473 new cases
- Nov. 11 -- 6,008 new cases
- Nov. 12 -- 6,940 new cases
- Nov. 13 -- 8,516 new cases
- Nov. 14 -- 7,072 new cases
- Nov. 16 -- 12,763 new cases (case count for two days)
- Nov. 17 -- 7,458 new cases
- Nov. 18 -- 5,772 new cases
- Nov. 19 -- 7,592 new cases
- Nov. 20 -- 9,779 new cases
- Nov. 21 -- 7,528 new cases
- Nov. 23 -- 11,511 new cases (case count for two days)
- Nov. 24 -- 6,290 new cases
- Nov. 25 -- 4,273 new cases
- Nov. 27 -- 17,162 new cases (case count for two days)
- Nov. 28 -- 8,080 new cases
- Nov. 30 -- 10,428 new cases (case count for two days)
- Dec. 1 -- 5,793 new cases
- Dec. 2 -- 6,955 new cases
- Dec. 3 -- 7,146 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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