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Coronavirus updates, Dec. 3: State reports over 7,000 daily cases; state total more than 380,000

Here are the live updates for Thursday, Dec. 3.
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.

Thursday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 7,146 cases Thursday. The total number of cases has reached 380,343.

There were 175 deaths recorded. The death toll is now 9,580.

The deaths announced today includes 112 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. 

Read more from Thursday's update here

Gov. Whitmer to provide a COVID-19 update 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update on COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus. 

The govenor will be joined by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

The press conference is slated for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 and will be streamed live on 13 ON YOUR SIDE, as well as the station's Facebook.

Michigan ranks 3rd for highest number of COVID-19 deaths 

Michigan has the 3rd highest number of deaths, and 6th highest number of cases.

When it comes to the hospitalization rate, Michigan is the 7th highest. The state ranks the same for the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Michigan has seen slower growth in hospitalizations, and a flat or slight decline in cases. Although at a slower pace, hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients still increased over the last 7 weeks.

Read more 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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