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Coronavirus updates, July 9: Case total now at 67,683

Here are the live updates for Thursday, July 9.
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 446 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 67,683.

The death toll increased by 9 bringing the total to 6,024.

See cumulative data here.   

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, July 3. It shows that 52,841 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.

Hospitalizations increased slightly. There are 317 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 99 on ventilators, and 179 in critical care as of July 2. 

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.  

Whitmer signs order requiring healthcare workers implicit bias training

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-7 Thursday, which directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin developing rules that will require implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals in Michigan. 

Read full story here

Free COVID-19 testing in Allegan County starting July 11

Free COVID-19 testing will be available Saturday, July 11 at the Allegan County Human Services Building.

The testing event is a partnership between the Allegan County Health Department and the Michigan National Guard. Together, they will be providing free tests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Read more here

Wednesday's cases

In the state's Wednesday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 610 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the case total to 67,237.

The death toll increased by 10, making it 6,015. 

Read more from Wednesday'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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