The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 37,203 on Saturday, including 3,274 deaths, state officials report.
Saturday’s update includes 573 new cases and 189 additional deaths. Friday’s number includes 36,641 cases of corona virus and 3,085 deaths.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services compares records that identify COVID-19 infection as a contributing factor to the death of all COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratories in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System. If the death certificate is matched with a confirmed COVID-19 case and that the records in MDSS do not indicate the person died, MDSS records are updated to indicate death and the appropriate local health department is notified.
On Saturday, April 25, the total official recovery was 8,342.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended his stay order at Michigan’s home until May 15 while loosening some restrictions on state business.
Michigan residents are now required to wear masks in public places, such as grocery stores, below an overnight stay order revised by the governor.
State officials say despite an increase in daily cases this week, the growth rate continues to slow, while the testing rate continues to rise. Officials on Wednesday noted a 15 percent reduction in virus hospitalizations over the past 10 days.
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Michigan chief medical officer, Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun said the state was processing 7,400 tests on Thursday, a record one day in the state.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 51,000 Americans have died from the corona virus and there are now more than 905,000 confirmed cases in the United States.
Worldwide, more than 2.8 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 198,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The actual number is of course much higher, due to limited testing, the nation’s different ways of calculating deaths and deliberately reported by several governments.
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Increasing cases does not discredit social distance
It is important to note that while the number of cases is increasing, that doesn’t mean social distance doesn’t work. People who test positive can now be exposed to the virus a few weeks ago, and many people have no symptoms for several days.
It will it can take weeks to see the results of an overnight stay at home and other social distance measures that have been taken. In addition, the state still reports the results of the test heap.
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For most people, new coronaviruses cause mild or moderate symptoms that go away in two to three weeks. For some people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, can cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
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Following is a time graph of confirmed coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Michigan:
The following is the number of mapped Michigan territories and the total number of cases in each US state:
Following are COVID-19 deaths in Michigan mapped per county:
Following are the Michigan COVID-19 cases divided by age range (look here if you don’t see the table):
Following are the Michigan COVID-19 cases disaggregated by sex (look here if you don’t see the table):
How COVID-19 Spreads
Spread person to person
This virus is thought to spread primarily from person to person.
- Between people who come in close contact with each other (at a distance of about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These drops can land on the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or may be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without pain?
- People are considered the most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread may occur before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this happening with this new coronavirus, but this is not considered to be the primary way of spreading the virus.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It is possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has a virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not considered the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spread
How easily the virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are very contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread easily. Another factor is whether the spread is continuous, spreads continuously without stopping.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid getting this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched using ordinary household cleaning spray.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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People who think that they might be exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
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