DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 43,754 as of Sunday, including 4,049 deaths, state officials report.
Sunday’s update represents 547 new cases and 29 deaths. Saturday’s total was 43,207 confirmed cases and 4,020 deaths.
The state has reported a total of 15,659 recoveries.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health made an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning. She discussed ongoing efforts to fight the virus in Michigan.
Hospitals are laying off workers during the pandemic. Beaumont Health CEO John Fox weighed in on the troubling issue during Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint.
Michigan’s governor signed Executive Order 2020-71 Saturday extending safety measures protecting consumers and employees.
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration granted “emergency use authorization” to the drug remdesivir after a clinical trial showed it reduced the recovery time for seriously ill coronavirus patients by 31 percent.
Michigan’s stay-at-home order has been extended to May 15.
Both Michigan’s State of Emergency and stay-at-home order were originally slated to end Thursday. The State of Emergency has been extended through May 28. Extending Michigan’s State of Emergency is not the same thing as extending the stay-at-home order.
According to CNN, globally more than 3.4 million people have been confirmed infected and over 244,000 have died.
There is also more than 1.1 million cases reported across the United States where over 66,000 have died, the news agency reported.
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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.
Here’s the Michigan county case count mapped and the total number of cases in each US state:
Here are Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths mapped per county:
Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by age range (view here if you’re not seeing the table):
Here are Michigan COVID-19 cases broken down by gender (view here if you’re not seeing the table):
How COVID-19 Spreads
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.
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.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
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