The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 544,311 as of Thursday, including 14,053 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update includes 2,165 new cases and 148 additional deaths, including 128 from a Vital Records review. On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 542,146 cases and 13,905 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to flatten. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate average below 7%. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,977 on Wednesday, the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 51 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 85,800 on Wednesday -- near the lowest it’s been since November.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 24.5 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 406,000 deaths reported from the virus.
Worldwide, more than 97 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 2 million have died. More than 51 million have recovered, 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. 21
- 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
- Jan. 2 -- 8,983 new cases (case count for three days)
- Jan. 4 -- 4,992 new cases (case count for two days)
- Jan. 5 -- 2,291 new cases
- Jan. 6 -- 4,326 new cases
- Jan. 7 -- 4,015 new cases
- Jan. 8 -- 3,625 new cases
- Jan. 9 -- 2,706 new cases
- Jan. 11 -- 4,536 new cases (case count for two days)
- Jan. 12 -- 1,994 new cases
- Jan. 13 -- 2,694 new cases
- Jan. 14 -- 2,698 new cases
- Jan. 15 -- 2,598 new cases
- Jan. 16 -- 1,932 new cases
- Jan. 18 -- 2,843 new cases (case count for two days)
- Jan. 19 -- 1,738 new cases
- Jan. 20 -- 2,031 new cases
- Jan. 21 -- 2,165 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
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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