More Than 600 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19; Confirmed Cases Top 15K

WWJ News
April 05, 2020 - 2:57 pm

(WWJ) Health officials are urging everyone to stay home as much as possible, and wear masks if they must go out, as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Michigan and across the nation.

Here are the latest counts: As of Sunday April 5, Michigan had 15,718 cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 617 related deaths statewide. The official count, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, includes 1,493 new cases and 77 additional deaths

Map depicts number of cases as of April 5, 2020. (credit: MDHHS)
Metro Detroit remains one of the hardest-hit areas worldwide. In the new official count: the City of Detroit (counted separately) has 4,495 cases and 158 deaths, while the rest of Wayne County has 3,023 cases and 135 deaths. Oakland County has 3,035 cases and 163 deaths, and Macomb County has 2,003 cases and 83 deaths. (Note: Click on the county links above for more county details).

Negative test results in Michigan also continue to rise. So far, 30,030 out of 40,581 samples tested by the health department were negative. Note that the state says counts of specimens tested positive will not equal number of people with COVID-19. People may have more than one test or may have had samples tested at an out of state lab.

In Michigan, men and women are about equal when it comes to testing positive for the coronavirus. But numbers show that men are more likely to die from COVID-19. Around 60% of the fatal cases have been men, according to the latest counts. HERE'S A LOOK AT WHY.

As for age, the oldest person to die in Michigan was 107 years old, and the youngest was 20. 

See more statistics, including a daily updated chart showing cases by county, plus race and ethnicty breakdowns at this link

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

With a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order in place statewide, officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.And Under a new Emergency Order issued by the health department, any Michigander who violates social distancing or other another Executive Order in place amid the pandemic may face a $1,000 fine. 

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration is encouraging many Americans to wear face masks in public, although he stressed that the recommendation is optional, conceding that he will not be complying with it. “You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it,” Trump said. “It’s only a recommendation.”

At the same time, Trump stressed that medical masks should be reserved for health care workers and that masks are not a substitute for social distancing.

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