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Coronavirus updates, Jan. 4: Michigan surpasses half a million cases since onset of pandemic

Here are the live updates for Monday, Jan. 4
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 & Monday's cases

Monday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a two day case count of 4,992. Today’s daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the state since Saturday, Jan. 2. Over the two days the average number of new confirmed cases was roughly 2,496 per day.

The total case count is 502,119. The death toll is at 12,678 with 80 deaths reported for Sunday and Monday. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Wednesday, Dec. 30. It shows that 363,611 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 full data here.

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.

MDHHS distributing 3.5 million free masks

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is distributing 3.5 million free masks as part of the state’s Mask Up, Mask Right campaign.

Free KN95 masks provided by MDHHS will be distributed by community organizations, including local MDHSS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices.

"Masking right" includes wearing one of three options of masks that provide stronger protection: three-layered washable cloth face coverings, three-layered disposable masks or KN95 masks. It also includes wearing the mask correctly: having it secured over the nose and mouth and snugly fitting without gaps.  KN95 masks are similar to but should not be confused with N95 masks that are intended for health care workers who are engaged as part of their work in higher-risk settings.

In addition to MDHHS offices, local health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, the free masks are available from Community Action Agencies, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Some agencies will further distribute the masks to local partners such as homeless shelters.

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Find a distribution site at Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan or call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136.

Michigan National Guard members receive first round of COVID-19 vaccines

Three hundred Michigan National Guard members will receive their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations with doses received from the Department of Defense specifically for National Guard members. The vaccinations will be administered by Guard members who have also been supporting Michigan health care agencies, at the request of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Credit: Air National Guard photo by MSgt David Kujawa
U.S. Army Spc. Bryan Coker, medic, serving with the Michigan National Guard’s (MING) COVID-19 Task Force Spartan, gives a COVID-19 vaccination to U.S. Army Cpl. Lance King, also with Task Force Spartan, at the Detroit Light Guard Armory in Detroit Michigan, Dec. 31, 2020. Approximately 300 Soldiers and Airmen of the MING will be vaccinated over the weekend with vaccines provided by the DoD to the National Guard for Soldiers and Airmen in support of the state’s COVID-19 response.

No data on Sundays

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has stopped reporting data on cases, deaths, and testing on Sunday. Those numbers will be release with Monday's update.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a total confirmed case count of 497,127, with the death toll reaching 12,598.

There were 8,983 cases reported for the three days and 265 deaths from the virus. Over the three days — Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the average number of new confirmed cases was 2,994 per day.

►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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