Michigan coronavirus cases up to 469,928; Death toll now at 11,775

The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan rose to 469,928 on Wednesday, including 11,775 deaths, state officials reported.

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 will not provide updated COVID-19 numbers on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to its website. The next update will be on Saturday (December 26).

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

Hospitalizations began to decline in December. As of Monday night, there were 3,155 patients with COVID in Michigan hospitals, 668 of whom were in intensive care.

  • November 14 – 7,072 new cases
  • November 16 – 12,763 new cases (case count for two days)
  • 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 (case count for two days)
  • November 24 – 6,290 new cases
  • November 25 – 4,273 new cases
  • November 27 – 17,162 new cases (case count for two days)
  • November 28 – 8,080 new cases
  • November 30 – 10,428 new cases (case count for two days)
  • 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 (case count for two days)
  • 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 (case count for two days)
  • December 22 – 3,082 new cases
  • December 23 – 3,443 new cases
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For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that go away in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.

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

  • Full coverage: Coronavirus in Michigan

Here are Michigan’s COVID-19 cases broken down by gender (see here if you don’t see the table):

Propagation from person to person

The virus is believed to spread mainly from person to person.

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

These droplets can fall into the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can anyone spread the virus without getting sick?

  • People are considered more contagious when they are more symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread may be possible before people experience symptoms; there have been reports that this has occurred with this new coronavirus, but it is not believed to be the main form of spread of the virus.

Spread by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that contains the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not considered to be the main route of transmission of the spread virus.

How easily the virus spreads

The ease with which 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 continuously without stopping.

Prevention and Treatment

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid exposure to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends daily preventive actions 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’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or cloth.
  • Wear a face mask or cover when in public.

Wash your hands frequently 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.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their doctor immediately.

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Read more about the coronavirus here.

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