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Coronavirus updates, Sept. 14: 1,088 cases, 10 deaths reported from Sunday, Monday

Here are the live updates for Monday, Sept. 14
Credit: WZZM/CDC

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.

Sunday's and Monday's cases 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,088 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The health department combines Sunday and Monday's numbers into one total. Michigan has recorded a total of 112,612 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The death toll, also combined from Sunday and Monday, increased by 10. The total is now 6,601. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Sept. 11. It shows that 85,513 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.  

See the cumulative data here.

Hospitalizations are fluctuating. There are 592 suspected/confirmed COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 82 on ventilators, and 142 in critical care as of Sept. 14. 

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

Michigan to publicly post COVID-19 outbreaks at schools 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it will begin posting data on COVID-19 outbreaks at schools across the state. 

The state health department will be sharing outbreak information from K-12 schools, college and universities. Every Monday at 3 p.m., the health department will list the name of the institution and the number of cases, between staff and students. 

The data on the outbreaks will be collected from 45 local health departments across Michigan. A COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more cases that a linked by place and time, which indicates shared exposure.

The schools outbreak data can be seen here

DHD#10 reports possible COVID-19 exposure at Big Rapids restaurant

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) was notified Monday that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was present and potentially contagious at El Burrito Loco in Big Rapids on Sept. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.

If you were at El Burrito Loco on the day and time listed above, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date. Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible. 

DHD#10 said anyone experiencing one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms (which can be found at the bottom of this story) should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.   

New COVID-19 testing in Muskegon opening this week 

A new Neighborhood Testing Site is opening in Muskegon this week, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). 

“More than 1,500 Michiganders have been tested at one of the Neighborhood Testing Sites since they opened at the end of August, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive. “We have worked to make these sites as accessible as possible to the communities most in need and encourage residents to take advantage of testing available right in their community.” 

Testing site is located at Christ Temple Church, 412 East Sherman Boulevard, Muskegon. It's opens Tuesday, Sept. 15. 

The hours will be Mondays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Thursdays 12 - 7 p.m.

The site will offer saliva tests, which are less invasive than nasal swabs and may make the testing process more tolerable for some people.  

Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made either by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 and selecting “1” or online. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows, but pre-registration is strongly advised. Online registration is available at Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest

No data on Sundays

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced last week a change in the COVID-19 reporting schedule. 

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, data on cases, deaths and testing will be reported Monday through Saturday. MDHHS said weekend data are often erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.

Sunday and Monday data will both be reported on Mondays, including Labor Day.

Saturday's cases

In the state's Saturday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 692 daily cases of coronavirus Saturday, making the total 111,524. 

The death toll increased by 13. There have been 6,591 total deaths in Michigan.

Read more from Saturday'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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