Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Thursday, April 2

WWJ News
April 02, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Thursday, April 2, 2020: 

--  The big question has been answered for parents, teachers and students in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued an Executive Order ending the in-person K-12 school year. She discussed details, including plans for remote learning and senior graduation, at news conference Thursday. GET DETAILS HERE

-- The COVID-19 curve is getting steeper in Michigan, as the number of deaths in the state tops 400 and cases soar past the 10,000 mark. As of Thursday, Michigan has 10,791 confirmed cases of the virus, with a total of 417 related deaths statewide. The official count, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, includes 1,457 new cases and 80 additional deaths. 

Also, new today: The state is breaking down cases by race and ethnicity. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Looking at metro Detroit: the City of Detroit (counted separately) has 2,858 cases and 101 deaths, while the rest of Wayne County has 2,211 cases and 93 deaths. Oakland County has 2,183 cases and 119 deaths, and Macomb County has 1,332 cases and 58 deaths. 

-- Negative test results in the state also continue to rise. So far, 22,054 out of 29,324 samples tested by the health department were negative. Note that the state says counts of specimens tested positive will not equal number of people with COVID-19. People may have more than one test or may have had samples tested at an out of state lab.

-- Former Congresswoman and current Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has tested positive for COVID-19. She is said to be doing OK. READ MORE HERE.

-- The conversion of the TCF Center in downtown Detroit into a temporary field hospital is well underway. VIDEO: LOOK INSIDE.

-- Beginning tonight, Flint is instituting a citywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next 30 days. Those caught violating could be fined $500 or charged with a misdemeanor that carries penalties up to 30 days in jail. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Michigan State Police are discouraging joyriding in cars or on motorcycles with the "Stay Home" order in place. MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw says it is not permitted, under the order, to take a drive just for fun or to "clear your head." READ MORE HERE

-- You'll hear it tonight on WWJ: Gov. Whitmer will hold a virtual town hall starting at 7 p.m. The governor will give the vary latest on Michigan's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and field questions from local media members.

-- Many businesses have temporarily closed their doors for business as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but there are plenty of restaurants still open across metro Detroit for carryout and curbsite pickup. Hungry? CHECK THE LIST.

-- 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 is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 where we will remain live, local and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak. >>LISTEN LIVE!