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Coronavirus updates, Oct. 17: State reports 109,539 people have recovered from COVID-19

Here are the live updates for Saturday, Oct. 17.
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MICHIGAN, USA — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Saturday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,791 daily confirmed cases Saturday. The total number of cases is now 144,897.

There were 23 deaths recorded Saturday, which includes 15 identified during a Vital Records review. The death toll is now 7,010.

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Oct. 16. It shows that 109,539 people have recovered from the virus. The state updates this data every Saturday. A recovery is counted as anyone who is 30 days out from the onset of their symptoms.  

See the cumulative data here.

Hospitalizations are fluctuating. There are 1,017 suspected/confirmed COVID-19 adult patients in Michigan hospitals, 95 patients on ventilators as of Oct. 15.

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here. The state is also now reporting school-related outbreaks and that data can be viewed here.

Friday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,015 daily cases. This is the second day in a row the case count exceeded 2,000--which is a first time for the state. On Thursday, the health department said the large case count was due to a data slowdown. This also comes as the state conducted more than 50,000 tests in one day. 

The total number of cases is now 143,106.

There were 14 deaths recorded Friday. The death toll is now 6,987.

State recommendations for COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illnesses. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. The symptoms include:

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

*Note: This list does not include all possible symptoms. It will be updated as the CDC and health officials learn more about the virus. 

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.


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