Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Friday, March 13

WWJ News
March 13, 2020 - 9:22 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on March 13, 2020: 

-- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Friday night announced nine new cases, on top of four earlier announced, bringing the state total to 25. 

  • An adult male from Bay County with history domestic travel. 
  • An adult female from Charlevoix County with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Detroit with history of international travel.
  • An adult male from Macomb County with history of international travel.
  • Two adult females and an adult male from Oakland County, one with history of international travel two with unknown travel history.
  • Two adult females from Wayne County, one with history of domestic and the other with no history of travel

The new cases aannonced Friday afternoon were:  

  • An adult female from Detroit with unknown travel history.
  • An adult male from Washtenaw County with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Wayne County with history of contact with a confirmed case.
  • An adult male. No additional information is available on this case at this time. 

The earlier confirmed cases were in Oakland, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm counties. One of the above works at Travelers Towers office complex in Southfield.

-- Health officials continue to urge residents throughout Michigan to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus in Michigan. 

-- Health officials are starting to identify potential coronavirus exposure sites as the number of cases of infection in the state continues to climb. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed an order temporarily banning all gatherings of over 250 people in Michigan. The order takes effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. All events and shared-space assemblages of more than 250 people are temporarily prohibited in the state. GET DETAILS HERE.

-Just hours after the governor's announcement, the Archdiocese of Detroit has announced all masses will be suspended until April 6th, which is the start of Holy Week. Mass will be available via live-stream.  

-- The Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says there will be changes at the 131 branches across the state starting Monday.  Only critical transactions, like new driver's licenses and state I.D.'s, title transfers and testing for specific licenses will be conducted.  People wanting to go to a Secretary of State branch will need to make an appointment.  NO walk-ins will be accepted.  GET DETAILS HERE

-- The leaders of both Macomb County and Oakland County have declared a State of Emergency, allowing officials to shift resources quickly to assist residents, businesses and communities affected by coronavirus. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he's expecting to see an escalation in coronavirus cases and the city will set up "drive by" testing sites.  The Mayor said there are many people who have the virus who don't know it.  “We need to be completely honest about what we’re facing. This is not going to be over in a few weeks," Duggan said. 

The mayor urged people to stay away from tight spaces.  In addition, he announced that the city's recreation centers will be closing, but city employees will be working to make sure children, who are out of school, can get food to eat.  

-- Some museum closures in the city of Detroit. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Society and Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle will be closed today through April fifth.  Other Midtown cultural institutions, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Public Library, are currently assessing their plans.  

-- The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is closed until next Wednesday. All private events are being evaluated on a case by case basis with each client. 

-- In Oakland county, the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House will close to the public beginning March 13. Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook House are scheduled to reopen April 6, and Cranbrook Art Museum is scheduled to reopen April 7. These dates will continue to be reassessed as the situation unfolds.

-- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has postponed all civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearances as well as all grand jury proceedings until further notice. GET DETAILS HERE.

 -- Ford Motor Co. and General Motors asked salaried employees to work from home, as is possible. Fiat Chrysler had made similar move earlier, calling it “Smart Working.” GM has also closed down the Tech Center in Warren except for essential staff, and production was halted at the FCA Minivan plant in Windsor due to fears about the virus. 

--The Ilitch organization has put one million dollars in a fund to help part-time workers affected by the cancellations tied to coronavirus.  At least 12 events, including concerts and sporting events have been postponed.  The part-timers usually work at games, concerts and other events. 

-- Royal Oak has canceled its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday. 

-- Many local venues are canceling events and performances due to coronavirus concerns. The Fox Theater's 14th annual Motor City Blues Festival on Saturday is canceled as well as the Monster Jam at Ford Field on Sunday. Other upcoming Detroit events such as WWE Smackdown, The Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town have all been postponed shows. Grammy-winner Billie Eilish's March 23 show at Little Caesar's Arena has been canceled, as well as the AMA Supercross event at Ford Field next weekend and all showings of Fiddler on the Roof at the Fischer Theatre. 

-- Governor Whitmer announced Thursday night that all K-12 schools will be closed from Monday through April 5. More than 1.5 million students and their parents are affected. GET DETAILS HERE. 

-- Public colleges and universities have shut down in-person instruction, moving classes online. University of Michigan on Friday cancelled all commencement events. Former Vice President Al Gore was scheduled to speak on May 2. 

-- Many community centers and municipal offices in metro Detroit will be closed to the public for any number of days. Check your community's website, or call before you go. 

-- Hospital visitor restrictions are in place across the area. The Detroit Medical Center says only those between the ages of 19 and 59 are permitted to visit a hospital and each patient may have one visitor at a time, and they must be family members. Beaumont Hospital says no one under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit their eight facilities. While most patients will be allowed two visitors who must remain in the hospital room for the duration of the visit. Michigan Medicine also is prohibiting any visitors under the age of 16. Only one visitor will be allowed for adult patients. Two visitors will be able to see children or newborns, but they must be parents or guardians.  

-- The Michigan Department of Corrections will cease in-person visiting of prisoners effective immediately. This also includes outside volunteers and other tours and groups who routinely come into the prisons. GET DETAILS HERE.

- The Downtown Detroit Partnership's Downtown Street Eats program is suspended until April 6, 2020. The DDP will keep all program participants updated if anything changes. 

-- Leaders of the Michigan Senate announced Thursday afternoon they would meet only as needed starting next week. Meantime, public tours and events at the Michigan Capitol are suspended through at least May 1.  

-- 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.