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Coronavirus updates, March 2: State reports just over 1,000 daily cases, 24 new deaths

Here are the COVID-19 updates for Tuesday, March 2
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.

Tuesday's cases  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a case count of 1,067 for Tuesday. The total case count for the state is now 590,217.

The death toll is now at 15,558 with 24 new deaths reported. The deaths announced today includes 12 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. 

The MDHHS reported that 541,258 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.

View the cumulative date here.

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here. The state is also now reporting school-related outbreaks and that data can be viewed here.

Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Gov. Whitmer to provide COVID-19 update

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Tulip Time announces changes to 2021 event

The Tulip Time Festival will go on this year, however organizers have had to make adjustments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the CDC directives and guidelines issued by the State of Michigan, which currently stipulate no more than 25 people can gather outdoors at an event, must forego some of Tulip Time's most enduring festival events this year – parades, Dutch Dance performances, and the carnival.

Tulip Time has also elected to postpone the unveiling of their first ever Tulip Immersion Garden, but that gives visitors all something to look forward to in 2022. 

Read more here.

Sunday and Monday's cases  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a combined case count of 1,569 for Sunday and Monday. The total case count for the state is now 589,150.

The death toll is now at 15,534 with 12 new deaths reported.

Read more from Monday'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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