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.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 612 new cases of COVID-19, the second time this week daily cases have exceeded 600. Friday's case count is the highest since May 20. The total number of cases is now 68,295.
The increased cases also come as the state reached a new high in testing on Wednesday, July 8.
The state reported 15 deaths, but all 15 of those were from a review of death certificate data. The death toll in Michigan is now 6,039.
The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, July 3. It shows that 52,841 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.
Hospitalizations have increased. There are 363 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 92 on ventilators, and 180 in critical care as of July 9.
Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.
'Mask up, Michigan'
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday requiring people to wear masks when they are in an indoor public space and in crowded outdoor spaces.
The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who aren't wearing a face covering, with limited exceptions.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13. A violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but there will be no jail time.
In the state's Thursday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 446 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 67,683.
The death toll increased by 9, bringing the total to 6,024.
Free COVID-19 testing in Allegan County Saturday
Free COVID-19 testing will be available Saturday, July 11 at the Allegan County Human Services Building.
The testing event is a partnership between the Allegan County Health Department and the Michigan National Guard. Together, they will be providing free tests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
*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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