The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan rose to 46,756 on Saturday, including 4,526 deaths, state officials said.
Saturday’s update represents an increase of 430 cases and 133 deaths. As of Friday, the total was 46,326 confirmed cases and 4,393 deaths.
Note: 67 of the deaths reported on Saturday come from revised medical records of previously deceased patients. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services conducts regular examinations to identify patients whose COVID-19 infection contributed to death and was not included in public COVID death data -19. Patients matching this description are then included in the state’s COVID-19 mortality figures.
The state reported a total of 22,686 recoveries on Saturday.
State officials say the growth rate continues to slow, while test rates continue to increase. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline in southeast Michigan.
The tests hit a new one-day record on May 6 with 13,530 tests and only 8% of positive results. The positive rate continues to fall. The positive rate was close to 40% in early April.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state’s house arrest until May 28 and announced a six-phase plan to reopen the state this week.
Michigan restaurants and bars hope to reopen for food service by May 29.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States. More than 77,000 have died in the country.
Worldwide, more than 3.9 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 276,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are certainly much higher, due to limited testing, the different ways in which nations count the dead, and the deliberate underreporting of some governments.
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For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, this can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
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How COVID-19 is spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within a radius of about 6 feet).
- By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be the most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Spread may be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this phenomenon with this new coronavirus, but it is not believed to be the primary way in which the virus spreads.
Propagation of contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is located and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not the primary method used by the virus spreads.
The ease with which the virus spreads
The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the gap is sustained, continuously expanding without stopping.
Prevention and treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- 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 sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or cleaning cloth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; 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 professional immediately.
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