Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rise to 110; first death reported

First COVID-19 death reported in Wayne County

CDC confirms fourth Florida coronavirus case
CDC confirms fourth Florida coronavirus case

DETROIT – Michigan reported an additional 45 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 110.

The state reported 15 new cases Wednesday afternoon before saying there were at least 30 new cases during a press conference.

Officials update numbers from the previous day at 2 p.m. each day. Joneigh S. Khaldun, the chief medical executive of the Department of Health and Human Services said the 30 new cases are in addition to the numbers reported Wednesday.

READ: State has at least 30 more confirmed cases of coronavirus, officials say

These new numbers will not be reported on the state’s coronavirus website until Thursday.

The new cases from Tuesday include:

  • 5 in Detroit; 1 additional in Wayne County
  • 2 in Macomb County
  • 7 in Oakland County

The first death was also reported by Beaumont Hospital: A man being held at a Wayne County hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, health officials said. The state reported 12 cases on Tuesday.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced a change in the way it reports coronavirus cases earlier this week. A daily count will be added to the state website at 2 p.m. each day. That number will include cases reported through midnight the previous day.

MDHHS will no longer report the number of persons under investigation, tests pending or referred for assessment and/or monitoring to date and total assessment and/or monitoring referrals under active monitoring.

Eight days ago, on March 10, Michigan confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases. Numbers are expected to rise as testing ramps up. Health care providers, local health departments or others may publicly announce cases or deaths before they are included in the statewide count.

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Desperate travelers choked European border crossings Wednesday after countries implemented strict controls to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 200,000 people worldwide and killed more than 8,000.

In releasing the new figures, Johns Hopkins University also said more than 82,000 people recovered from the virus, which causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people, although severe illness is more likely in the elderly and those with existing health problems.

Drivers were lined up Wednesday morning for drive-thru coronavirus (COVID-19) testing outside Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Beaumont Health started processing a limited number of COVID-19 tests in its own lab earlier this week. By doing this, doctors will be able to get results in hours instead of days.

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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.

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.

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

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