The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 578,091 as of Thursday, including 15,273 deaths, state officials report.
Thursday’s update includes 888 new cases and 85 additional deaths, including 72 from a Vital Records review. On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 577,203 cases and 15,188 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate down below 4.0% as of Thursday. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 901 on Wednesday -- near the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 28 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 43,900 on Wednesday -- near the lowest it’s been since October.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 27.8 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 490,875 deaths reported from the virus.
Worldwide, more than 110 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 2.4 million have died. More than 61 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 Jan. 19:
- Jan. 19 -- 1,738 new cases
- Jan. 20 -- 2,031 new cases
- Jan. 21 -- 2,165 new cases
- Jan. 22 -- 2,157 new cases
- Jan. 23 -- 1,601 new cases
- Jan. 25 -- 3,011 new cases (case count for two days)
- Jan. 26 -- 1,476 new cases
- Jan. 27 -- 1,681 new cases
- Jan. 28 -- 1,872 new cases
- Jan. 29 -- 1,774 new cases
- Jan. 30 -- 1,358 new cases
- Feb. 1 -- 2,066 new cases (case count for two days)
- Feb. 2 -- 1,203 new cases
- Feb. 3 -- 1,383 new cases
- Feb. 4 -- 1,358 new cases
- Feb. 5 -- 1,379 new cases
- Feb. 6 -- 1,018 new cases
- Feb. 8 -- 1,769 new cases (case count for two days)
- Feb. 9 -- 563 new cases
- Feb. 10 -- 915 new cases
- Feb. 11 -- 1,284 new cases
- Feb. 12 -- 1,193 new cases
- Feb. 13 -- 852 new cases
- Feb. 15 -- 1,265 new cases (case count for two days)
- Feb. 16 -- 775 new cases
- Feb. 17 -- 939 new cases
- Feb. 18 -- 888 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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