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Coronavirus updates, Nov. 17: 7,458 daily cases reported and 79 deaths

Here are the live updates for Tuesday, Nov. 17
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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.

Tuesday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 7,458 cases Tuesday. The total number of cases has reached 272,034 .

There were 79 deaths recorded, bringing the death toll to 8,128.

The deaths announced today includes 24 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. See cumulative data page for more information. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Nov. 13. It shows that 138,862 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. 

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See the full data here.

Hospitalizations are rising this week. There are 3,072 suspected/confirmed COVID-19 adult patients in Michigan hospitals, 272 patients on ventilators as of Nov. 13. 

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.

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Mary Free Bed implements new visitor restrictions amid COVID-19 surge

New visitor restrictions have been implemented at Mary Free Bed due to the recent influx in positive COVID-19 cases.

The hospital announced Tuesday that a limited number of people will be welcomed into the building in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, including one visit per adult inpatient and two visitors for Mary Free Bed Kids. There will be no visits or for ReCOVery℠ Unit, which is the area dedicated to patients recovering from COVID-19.

Anyone who visits the hospital will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival and will be required to wear a mask. Visitors must be 18 or older to enter the building.

Read more here. 

Mercy Health Muskegon to open COVID-19 care unit at Hackley campus

Mercy Health Muskegon will open a new COVID-19 care unit at Hackley campus on Thursday, Nov. 19, in response to the increased number of cases in the Muskegon County.

The new unit will treat stable, COVID-positive patients who require extended stays in the hospital, according to a press release from Mercy Health. The unit will open with 10 beds, with plans to ramp up to 20 beds within a week. It will be staffed by licensed nurses and physicians who are already on Mercy Health Muskegon’s medical staff.

Read more here.

School Outbreaks: Several West Michigan Schools facing new outbreaks

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services releases data on school outbreaks every Monday. It defines an outbreak at an education institution has having two or more COVID-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school groups and are from two different households. 

Case counts for school-related outbreaks also include those associated with before and after school programs, including school-sponsored sports. 

Here's a county-by-county list:

ALLEGAN

Fennville High School
COVID-19 cases: 2
Students, staff, or both? Students

KENT

Godfrey Elementary School
COVID-19 cases: 3
Students, staff, or both? Both

Zinser Elementary School
COVID-19 cases: 6
Students, staff, or both? Both

Grand Rapids Christian High School
COVID-19 cases: 9
Students, staff, or both? Both

OTTAWA

Rose Park Christian School
COVID-19 cases: 2
Students, staff, or both? Students

Zeeland Christian School
COVID-19 cases: 2
Students, staff, or both? Both

Spring Lake High School
COVID-19 cases: 2
Students, staff, or both? Students

Holland Christian High School
COVID-19 cases: 4
Students, staff, or both? Students

Coopersville High School
COVID-19 cases 2
Students, staff, or both? Students

See the list of ongoing outbreaks here.

Sunday and Monday's cases 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a combined total of 12,763 cases on Monday. The total number of cases has reached 264,576. 

There were 55 deaths recorded. The deaths announced today includes 55 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. The death toll now stands at 8,049.

See more from Monday'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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