Michigan coronavirus cases up to 596,054; Death toll now at 15,666

More than 549K recoveries from COVID-19 confirmed

Coronavirus testing (AP)

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 596,054 as of Saturday, including 15,666 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes a total of 1,289 new cases and 56 additional deaths -- 48 of those deaths were identified during a vital records review. On Friday, the state reported 594,765 confirmed cases, including 15,610 deaths.

On Saturday, the State of Michigan confirmed a total of 549,881 recoveries from COVID-19.

Testing has slowed in the last week, dropping to about 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate down below 4.0% as of Wednesday. Hospitalizations have plateaued over the last two weeks.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,132 on Thursday -- which is up slightly from last week. The 7-day death average was 24 on Thursday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 36,400 on Thursday -- near the lowest it’s been since October.

Michigan has reported more than 2.4 million doses of the COVID-19 administered, as of Thursday.

More: Michigan to expand COVID-19 vaccine plan to include residents age 50 and older

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.9 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 523,000 deaths reported from the virus.

Worldwide, more than 116 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 2.5 million have died. More than 65 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 Feb. 5

  • 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
  • Feb. 19 -- 1,193 new cases
  • Feb. 20 -- 635 new cases
  • Feb. 22 -- 1,484 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Feb. 23 -- 1,316 new cases
  • Feb. 24 -- 1,245 new cases
  • Feb. 25 -- 1,388 new cases
  • Feb. 26 -- 1,073 new cases
  • Feb. 27 -- 1,156 new cases
  • March 1 -- 1,569 new cases (case count for two days)
  • March 2 -- 1,067 new cases
  • March 3 -- 1,536 new cases
  • March 4 -- 1,526 new cases
  • March 5 -- 1,486 new cases
  • March 6 -- 1,289 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

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.

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About the Authors:

Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.