MICHIGAN, USA — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.
Sunday and Monday's Cases
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,716 new cases. The daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the state health department since Saturday, May 8. The numbers is a two day total for Sunday and Monday with the average number of new confirmed cases being 1,358 per day. The total case count is now at 865,349.
There were also 33 deaths reported. The death toll now stands at 18,239.
Gov. Whitmer announces 55% of Michigan residents vaccinated
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that 55% of Michigan residents have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first milestone in Gov. Whitmer's "Vacc to Normal" plan.
COVID-19 vaccine clinics being held for Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing communities in GR
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (D&HHS) in Grand Rapids is partnering with the Kent County Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for members of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities.
The two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the clinics and will be available by appointment. The first clinic is scheduled for May 10. The second clinic, at which recipients will receive their second dose, is scheduled for June 3.
FDA expands Pfizer COVID vaccine authorization to ages 12-15
The FDA action will be followed by the advisory committee's meeting, currently set for Wednesday. A draft agenda posted online says a vote would happen early Wednesday afternoon. If the committee gives the OK, the vaccines can then be distributed.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,825 new daily cases and 122 deaths on Saturday. Of those deaths, 83 were identified during a Vital Records review.
The death toll is now at 18,206 and 862,633 total cases have been recorded by the state.
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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