More Than 1,000 Dead In Michigan From COVID-19; 21,500 People Infected

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) For a fourth straight day, Michigan is reporting more than 100 more deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

New numbers reported Thursday afternoon show Michigan has 21,504 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 1,076 related deaths statewide. The official count from the health department includes 1,158 new cases and 117 additional deaths since the last report on Wednesday.

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Something new in the numbers: Cases of people confirmed to be recovered.

The health department says, as of April 3, a total of 56 people who tested positive in the state have officially recovered. The "recovered" figure is defined  by the number of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date, if onset is not available). The recovered count will be updated every Saturday. 

Get more stats from the state, including a closer look at counties, 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. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

This comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced she is extending her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order due to COVID-19 through April 30. (DETAILS HERE).