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Coronavirus updates, Jan. 15: Over 2,500 cases reported and 29 deaths

Here are the lives updates for Friday, Jan. 15.
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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.

Friday's cases 

On Friday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  reported 2,598 confirmed daily cases of COVID-19. There have been a total of 533,602 cases announced since mid-March.

The state also reported 29 daily deaths. The death toll now stands at 13,701. 

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.

Muskegon County health officials provide a COVID-19 vaccine update

Mercy Health Muskegon and Public Health – Muskegon County held a press conference to update the community and business leaders on the community COVID-19 response. 

The update also included information about the county's progress vaccinating those who qualify under CDC guidelines and procedures for continued vaccination distribution. 

Gun Lake Casino reopening bars, restaurants despite dine-in ban

Gun Lake Casino will resume dine-in services at its bars and restaurants on Friday, Jan. 15, despite the state's dine-in ban being extended until Feb. 1.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated the state's current epidemic order, relaxing some restrictions on indoor activities including group exercise and non-contact sports. However, bars and restaurants across the state will continue to be closed for dine-in services. 

Gun Lake Casino is on tribal land and not bound to the state order. 

Read more here.

Thursday's cases 

On Thursday, MDHHS  reported 2,698 confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 Thursday. There have been a total of 531,004 cases announced since mid-March.

There were 139 COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday. In Michigan, the death toll is 13,672 from the virus.

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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