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Michigan coronavirus update: Here's what we know about the latest cases

Lansing State Journal logo Lansing State Journal 13 hrs ago Grace Pateras, Paula Ramirez and Kristen Jordan Shamus, Lansing State Journal
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The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is rapidly spreading across the U.S.

The number of confirmed cases in Michigan reached 21,504 on Thursday, April 9, while the state's death toll hit 1,076, according to the state of Michigan.

Here's what we know about Michigan coronavirus cases. 

Michigan has over 1K coronavirus deaths

The number of presumptive positive coronavirus cases has risen daily since the first positive test was announced in early March.

The state total of over 21,000 confirmed cases includes 222 cases in Ingham County, 69 in Eaton County and 85 in Clinton County, according to the most recent data released by the state

As of April 9, Ingram has seen 3 coronavirus deaths, Clinton County 1 and Eaton 3

Michigan's first coronavirus death came on March 18 when a man in his 50s died at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County, according to Beaumont Health.

Ingram County's first COVID-19 case was reported the second week of March when Michigan only had 25 confirmed cases. The patient was a "senior adult" woman who had traveled aboard a cruise ship.

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How do you get coronavirus?

Like the common cold and the flu, coronavirus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets, according to the CDC.

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly from person to person, and scientists are still learning more about how coronavirus spreads.

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There's no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through food, according to the CDC.

It is, however, possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own face. There is likely a very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The most common symptoms resemble the flu and include fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some people also develop aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some people don't have any symptoms at all. 

About 1 in 6 people become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organization. If you experience fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your doctor.

Contributing: Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press; Grace Pateras, USA TODAY Network; John Bacon, USA TODAY, Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Associated Press, Paula Ramirez, USA TODAY Network; Nick Siano, USA TODAY Network.

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