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Coronavirus updates, Oct. 29: After data delay, state reports 3,675 daily cases

Here are the live updates for Thursday, Oct. 29.
Credit: WZZM/CDC

Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Thursday's cases 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,675 daily cases of coronavirus, making the total 171,220. 

The state added that statewide network connectivity issues delayed today's data pull past the 10 a.m. cutoff. This resulted in some cases that would have normally been counted in tomorrow's totals being included today. 

There were 41 deaths recorded. The death toll has reached 7,298. 

The deaths announced today includes 22 deaths identified during a Vital Records review.  

See the cumulative data here.

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Oct. 23. It shows that 114,939 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 are rising this week. There are 1,564 suspected/confirmed COVID-19 adult patients in Michigan hospitals, 153 patients on ventilators as of Oct. 28. 

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.

New digital survey tool will help track COVID-19 spread in Kent County

As coronavirus cases rise in West Michigan, a county health department is expanding its use of a digital tool to track the spread. 

Kent County Health Department has partnered with CoherentRX, a Michigan software developer, to implement a digital tool called Patient Education Genius (PEG) to collect information from those who test positive for COVID-19 through a survey sent via text or e-mail.

Read more here.

Wednesday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,271 daily cases of coronavirus Wednesday. The total number of cases is now 167,545.

There were 18 deaths recorded. The death toll has reached 7,257.

Read more from Wednesday'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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