DETROIT – Here’s the latest figured on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan:
That’s according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The state announced an additional 20 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to 53 in the state of Michigan.
The cases announced Sunday night include the state’s first COVID-19 case in a child.
A look at some of the previous numbers in the last week:
- As of March 10 -- 493 cases were referred for monitoring to date, with 87 people under active monitoring for the virus -- 57 tests had returned negative.
- As of March 11 -- 520 cases were referred for monitoring to date, with 150 people under active monitoring for the virus -- 91 tests have returned negative.
- As of March 13 -- 554 cases were referred for monitoring to date, with 172 people under active monitoring for the virus -- 120 tests have returned negative.
- All Michigan K-12 schools will be shut down for three weeks starting Monday, March 16. Many schools already were closed Friday, March 13.
- MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino, Motor City Casino and Caesars Windsor to close for at least two weeks
- We are tracking events, schools, and businesses that have either been canceled, suspended, moved or modified right here.
- Flattening the curve: Why it’s important to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) -- The University of Michigan shared a blog post that explains why taking strong steps to slow the spread of coronavirus is important. Take a look at it here -- and here is the flattening the curve graphic:
Total COVID-19 cases in the United States
The worldwide outbreak has sickened nearly 170,000 people and left more than 6,500 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day. The death toll in the United States climbed to 64, while infections passed 3,700.
Around the globe, societies inched toward a shutdown of much of public life — bars, restaurants, school, work. Resorts closed on the Las Vegas strip. Many restaurants offered only takeout, if they were open at all. Schools, concerts, sporting events — even small-scale St. Patrick’s Day parties — were canceled.
New York City announced its public school district, the nation’s largest, will be closed starting Monday, joining most of the rest of the country. De Blasio had originally balked, but under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others he said Sunday, “I became convinced over the course of today that there is no other choice.”
Starbucks said Sunday it is closing seating in its cafes and patio areas nationwide, but customers can still order takeaway.
In Florida, Walt Disney World and Universal-Orlando closed Sunday night for the rest of the month, joining their already closed California siblings. Farther south, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale closed their beaches, where thousands of college spring breakers flocked. The cities also ordered restaurants and bars closed by 10 p.m. and to keep crowds below 250.
How deadly is the virus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), through the first four months of the outbreak, coronavirus has killed about 4,900 people worldwide. Meanwhile, the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 every year around the world, according to WHO. Flu kills about 0.1% of those it infects, but that’s still hundreds of thousands of people each year because it infects millions.
Researchers are still trying to understand how deadly COVID-19 is. The mortality rate from infection with the virus isn’t known yet because the cases caught in an early part of an outbreak are often the most severe, people with mild or no symptoms aren’t being tested, and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals struggle to care for the sickest patients. Reports have estimated the fatality rate from less than 1% to as high as 4% among cases diagnosed so far, depending on location. WHO has reported mortality for seasonal influenza is usually well below 0.1%. However, mortality is to a large extent determined by access to and quality of health care, WHO reports.
Most people infected by the new coronavirus develop mild or moderate symptoms and recover after about two weeks. Follow COVID-19 updates from WHO here.
Mapping the outbreak
Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in response to the first cases. Both cases need to be confirmed by the CDC.
“Michiganders have been preparing for COVID-19 for weeks, including by taking basic measures such as washing their hands often, covering their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when they are sick,” said Dr. Khaldun. “However, Michigan must take further action to avoid a rapid increase of cases in the state. Community mitigation strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of the virus in Michigan, particularly before a vaccine or treatment becomes available.”
On Thursday, March 12, Whitmer announced all K-12 schools in the state will be shut down for three weeks. The schools will close (if they have not already) starting Monday, March 16 and are not scheduled to reopen until April 6.
These Michigan colleges have canceled classes, moved to online instruction due to coronavirus -- view list here.
Questions about coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge
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