Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand as of Sunday

A satellite image of Michigan (NASA)
A satellite image of Michigan (NASA)

DETROIT – Michigan officials provided an updated coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery rate Saturday.

Here’s what happened Saturday:

Recovery rate surpasses 3,000

According to state officials officials, 3,237 people in Michigan have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The state reports recovery numbers every Saturday.

This is up from the 433 reported last weekend.

Lawmakers weigh changes to state’s stay-at-home-order

Michigan lawmakers have been weighing changes to the stay-at-home order.

The current order is in effect through the end of the month, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to share details about her plan to open the stay’s economy soon.

Read how lifting restrictions too soon could lead to a second COVID-19 spike.

Death toll reaches 2,308

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 30,791 as of Saturday, including 2,308 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 30,023 confirmed cases and 2,227 deaths Friday.

The official recovery rate is 3,237.

Royal Oak mayor calls for city commissioner’s resignation after attending protest

Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier is calling for the resignation of Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs after she attended a protest in Lansing on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, thousands of Michigan residents crowded the Capitol to protest Gov. Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Police urge people to stay home after crashes

Michigan State Police said they had to call in extra troopers Saturday morning to handle more than 20 crashes.

Police are urging people to stay home to avoid crashes, which lead to unnecessary contact with people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detroit now mapping cases by ZIP code

The Detroit Health Department has started releasing COVID-19 cases by ZIP code.

According the map, the 48235 ZIP code -- south of 8 Mile Road, north of Puritan Avenue and between the Southfield Freeway and Meyers Road -- has the most confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with 724 cases.

Explore Michigan virtually

How about some good news?

While you are social distancing, you can explore Michigan virtually.

The #VirtualPureMichigan campaign will include live cameras showing places such as Traverse City, Holland and Frankenmuth, as well as virtual tours of museums, and other related educational experiences.

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?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

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 and 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.

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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