Michigan coronavirus cases up to 469,928; The death toll now stands at 11,775

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 469,928 as of Wednesday, including 11,775 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update includes 3,443 new cases and 70 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state reported a total of 466,485 confirmed cases and 11,705 deaths.

The state does not provide updated COVID-19 issues on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to its website. The next update comes on Saturday (December 26).

Michigan’s 7-day average for new COVID cases dropped to 3,396 as of Tuesday. The state had a total of about 170,700 active cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Admissions began to fall in December. Monday night, there were 3,155 COVID patients at Michigan hospitals, 668 of whom were in critical care.

  • November 14 – 7,072 new cases
  • November 16 – 12,763 new cases (two-day case count)
  • November 17 – 7,458 new cases
  • November 18 – 5,772 new cases
  • November 19 – 7,592 new cases
  • November 20 – 9,779 new cases
  • November 21 – 7,528 new cases
  • November 23 – 11,511 new cases (two-day case count)
  • November 24 – 6,290 new cases
  • November 25 – 4,273 new cases
  • November 27 – 17,162 new cases (two-day case count)
  • November 28 – 8,080 new cases
  • November 30 – 10,428 new cases (two-day case count)
  • December 1 – 5,793 new cases
  • December 2 – 6,955 new cases
  • December 3 – 7,146 new cases
  • December 4 – 8,689 new cases
  • December 5 – 6,004 new cases
  • December 7 – 9,350 new cases (two-day case count)
  • December 8 – 5,909 new cases
  • December 9 – 4,905 new cases
  • December 10 – 5,937 new cases
  • December 11 – 5,157 new cases
  • December 12 – 4,486 new cases
  • December 14 – 7,205 new cases (case count for two days)
  • December 15 – 4,730 new cases
  • December 16 – 4,037 new cases
  • December 17 – 4,024 new cases
  • December 18 – 4,180 new cases
  • December 19 – 3,896 new cases
  • December 21 – 4,551 new cases (two-day case count)
  • December 22 – 3,082 new cases
  • December 23 – 3,443 new cases
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For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.

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Here is a mapped timeline of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan:

  • Full coverage: Coronavirus in Michigan

Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases by gender (see here if you do not see the table):

Spread from person to person

It is believed that the virus is spread mainly from person to person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These drops can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.

Can anyone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread may 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 in which the virus spread.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way, whereupon the virus is spreading.

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 maintained and spread continuously without stopping.

Prevention and treatment

There is currently no vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the CDC always recommends preventive measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • 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 affected objects and surfaces using a regular cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wear a mask or face mask when in public.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you are in 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.

Questions about coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge here.

Read more about coronavirus here.

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