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Coronavirus updates, Jan. 12: 100 deaths, nearly 2,000 daily cases reported Tuesday

Here are the live updates for Tuesday, Jan. 12
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Tuesday's cases 

Tuesday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a daily case count of 1,994. The total case count is 525,612. The death toll is at 13,501 with 100 deaths reported for Tuesday. The deaths announced include 50 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Jan. 8. It shows that 415,079 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 full data here.

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.

Kalamazoo mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor David Anderson has tested positive for COVID-19, the City of Kalamazoo announced.

“I am experiencing mild symptoms and will be self-isolating until I am cleared by medical professionals to exit quarantine and return to work,” Anderson said Tuesday. 

Mayor Anderson has informed the City Commission and the City Manager and is following all necessary protocols for quarantine while recuperating at home.

As of January, 11, 2021, the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department has reported more than 13,000 cases and more than 270 COVID-19 related deaths in Kalamazoo County.

Whitmer asks federal government if Michigan can buy 100,000 more doses of Pfizer vaccine

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday requesting permission to directly purchase up to 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. 

Whitmer also noted that since she and eight other governors sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that they distribute the millions COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back, she has not received a response.

Read more here.

US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose 

The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, officials said Tuesday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that “the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”

As a result, he said, the Trump administration is now asking states to vaccinate people age 65 and over and those under 65 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk. He said the vaccine production is such that the second dose of the two-shot vaccine can be released without jeopardizing immunization for those who got the first shot.

“We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production, Azar told ABC's “Good Morning America.” "So everything is now available to our states and our health care providers.”

Read more here.

Sunday's & Monday's cases

Monday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a two day case count of 4,536. Today’s daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the state since Saturday, Jan. 9. Over the two days, the average number of new confirmed cases was roughly 2,268 per day.

The total case count is 523,618. The death toll is at 13,401 with 47 deaths reported for Sunday and Monday.

Read more 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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