Michigan coronavirus cases up to 410,295; Death toll now at 10,138

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 410,295 as of Tuesday, including 10,138 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update includes 5,909 new cases and 191 additional deaths including 79 from review of Vital Records, one of the highest one-day death totals since the start of the pandemic.

Gov. Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff for 10 days —  representing one day per 1,000 deaths – immediately on Tuesday, December 8 through Friday, December 18 to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now, more than one out of every 1,000 Michiganders has lost their lives to this virus.

“Our nation is grieving alongside each of the families who have an empty seat at the dinner table each night or who will be missing family members during the holiday season,” Whitmer said. “Right now, we need to listen to our scientists and medical professionals who are asking us to double down on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing to prevent an unnecessarily greater loss of life. With a vaccine on the horizon, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we each need to do our part until then. We will get through this together.”

New COVID-19 cases are slowing but deaths continue to rise in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with more than 46,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to near 14% over the last week. Hospitalizations have slowed but remain high over the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 6,827 on Monday, slightly lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 108, the highest since April. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 196,700 on Monday, near its highest mark on record. More than 197,000 have recovered in Michigan.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5.7 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 14.9 million cases reported across the country. More than 284,100 have died in the U.S.

Worldwide, more than 67.8 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.5 million have died, 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 Nov. 7

  • Nov. 7 — 6,225 new cases
  • Nov. 9 — 9,010 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Nov. 10 — 6,473 new cases
  • Nov. 11 — 6,008 new cases
  • Nov. 12 — 6,940 new cases
  • Nov. 13 — 8,516 new cases
  • Nov. 14 — 7,072 new cases
  • Nov. 16 — 12,763 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Nov. 17 — 7,458 new cases
  • Nov. 18 — 5,772 new cases
  • Nov. 19 — 7,592 new cases
  • Nov. 20 — 9,779 new cases
  • Nov. 21 — 7,528 new cases
  • Nov. 23 — 11,511 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Nov. 24 — 6,290 new cases
  • Nov. 25 — 4,273 new cases
  • Nov. 27 — 17,162 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Nov. 28 — 8,080 new cases
  • Nov. 30 — 10,428 new cases (case count for two days)
  • Dec. 1 — 5,793 new cases
  • Dec. 2 — 6,955 new cases
  • Dec. 3 — 7,146 new cases
  • Dec. 4 — 8,689 new cases
  • Dec. 5 — 6,004 new cases
  • Dec. 6 — 9,350 new cases (two day total)
  • Dec. 7 — 5,909 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.

Having trouble viewing the data below? Click here to view.

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

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.
  • 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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