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Coronavirus updates, July 8: Over 600 new cases reported and 10 deaths

Here are the live updates for Wednesday, July 8.
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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.

Wednesday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 610 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 67,237.

The death toll increased by 10 bringing the total to 6,015. 

See cumulative data here.   

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 increased slightly. There are 317 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 99 on ventilators, and 179 in critical care as of July 2. 

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.  

Grand Rapids region moved to 'high-risk' level for COVID-19 spread

The Grand Rapids region has moved into an even higher risk category after three weeks of "persistent spread" of COVID-19.

According to an update on the MI Safe Start Map, the Grand Rapids region increased in risk level after three weeks of increased cases as of July 4.

Read full story here.

3 million coronavirus cases now confirmed in US

he United States has become the first country to reach three million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The milestone was reached Wednesday morning, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University.

By comparison, just one other country -- Brazil -- has passed the 1 million mark.

The Johns Hopkins University tracker shows more than 131,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. There have been more than 936,000 recoveries.

Read full story here.

Joint Select Committee investigates state's response to COVID-19

Committee members from both the Michigan House and Senate are expected to meet and investigate whether the state government is transparent and accountable amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee will explore ways to implement best practices fro future state crises and ask question on issues that have risen from the administration's response to the current pandemic, such as general preparedness, contracting procurement of PPE and testing supplies, reopening regional unemployment offices and information technology, including the Unemployment Insurancy Agency's MiDAS system.

There will be two meetings on Wednesday, July 8. The first will start at 9:30 a.m. and the second at noon. Both are happening in Lansing.

Tuesday's cases

In the state's Tuesday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 454 new cases of COVID-19. The state total is now 66,627.

The death toll increased by 30, but the state said 20 of those were identified through a review of death certificate state. The total number of deaths is now 6,005. 

Read more from Tuesday's update 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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