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Coronavirus updates, April 8: State reports 7,819 daily cases, 73 deaths

Here are the COVID-19 updates for Thursday, April 8.
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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.

Thursday's Cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 7,819 cases  of COVID-19 along with 73 deaths Thursday. The deaths announced on Thursday includes 43 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. 

The total number of cases is at 723,297. The death toll now stands at 16,400.

Wednesday's Cases 

Michigan is reporting 8,015 positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with 30 deaths. 

The number of new cases has nearly doubled since Tuesday. There are 715,478 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. Full information on cases and deaths in Michigan can be found here.

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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