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Michigan coronavirus cases up to 497,127; Death toll now at 12,598

More than 363K recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 497,127 as of Saturday, including 12,598 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes 8,983 new cases and 265 additional deaths over a three-day period. The state of Michigan has not provided an update on cases and deaths since Wednesday, Dec. 30 due to the holiday.

Over the three days -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- an average of 2,994 new COVID cases were recorded each day. On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 488,144 cases and 12,333 deaths.

The state has reported a total of 363,611 recoveries from the virus as of Dec. 30.

New COVID-19 cases have been slowing but deaths remain high in Michigan. Testing has slowed during the holiday, with more than 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, with the positive rate increasing to about 9% over the last few days. Hospitalizations have slowly decreased but remain relatively high, including in critical care and ventilator use.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,837 on Saturday. The 7-day death average was 82 as of Saturday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 121,000 on Saturday.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 20.2 million cases have been reported across the country as of Jan. 2. More than 348,000 have reportedly died from the virus in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 84 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.8 million have died as of Saturday, 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 Dec. 1

  • Dec. 1 -- 5,793 new cases
  • Dec. 2 -- 6,955 new cases
  • Dec. 3 -- 7,146 new cases
  • Dec. 4 -- 8,689 new cases
  • Dec. 5 -- 6,004 new cases
  • Dec. 7 -- 9,350 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 8 -- 5,909 new cases
  • Dec. 9 -- 4,905 new cases
  • Dec. 10 -- 5,937 new cases
  • Dec. 11 -- 5,157 new cases
  • Dec. 12 -- 4,486 new cases
  • Dec. 14 -- 7,205 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 15 -- 4,730 new cases
  • Dec. 16 -- 4,037 new cases
  • Dec. 17 -- 4,024 new cases
  • Dec. 18 -- 4,180 new cases
  • Dec. 19 -- 3,896 new cases
  • Dec. 21 -- 4,551 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 22 -- 3,082 new cases
  • Dec. 23 -- 3,443 new cases
  • Dec. 26 -- 7,341 new cases (case count for three days)
  • Dec. 28 -- 3,239 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 29 -- 3,414 new cases
  • Dec. 30 -- 4,222 new cases
  • Dec. 31 -- 2,994 new cases
  • Jan. 1 -- 2,994 new cases
  • Jan. 2 -- 2,995 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.

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

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.
  • 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.

MORE: Beaumont Health launches coronavirus hotline for patients with symptoms

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

Question about coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge here.

Read more about coronavirus here.

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