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Coronavirus updates, Jan. 16: MDHHS reports new COVID-19 variant in Washtenaw County

Here are the lives updates for Saturday, Jan. 16.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — 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

On Saturday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  reported 1,932 confirmed daily cases of COVID-19. There have been a total of 535,534 cases announced since mid-March.

The state also reported 103 daily deaths. The death toll now stands at 13,804. 

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.

MDHHS identifies first Michigan case of new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. in Washtenaw County

The first Michigan case of new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. was identified in an adult female living in Washtenaw County by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories on Saturday, Jan. 16.  

The person recently traveled to the United Kingdom, where this variant originated. Close contacts of this individual have been identified and are in quarantine. At this time two new cases have been identified from close contacts with the person, but it is not known if they are infected with the variant.

Read more here.

Friday's cases 

On Friday, MDHHS reported 2,598 confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 Friday. There have been a total of 533,602 cases announced since mid-March.

There were 29 COVID-19 deaths reported Friday. In Michigan, the death toll is 13,701 from the virus.

See the full data 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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