Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Tuesday, March 24

WWJ News
March 24, 2020 - 6:29 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 

-- A total of 24 people have died of COVID-19 in Michigan, according to the state.

Reported Tuesday afternoon, a total of 1,791 cases have now been confirmed by state health officials. The new official total, released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, includes 463 new cases. Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties remain the hardest-hit. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Later Tuesday, Oakland County and Wayne County each reported one additional death and several more confirmed cases, which would bring the state total of more than 1,800 cases and 26 deaths. Those new cases were not immediately counted by the state, which reports the official numbers at around 2 p.m. each day. 

-- A "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order directing most businesses in the state to temporarily suspend in-person operations, went into effect at midnight and expires in at least three weeks. People should only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, like for medical help or "critical" jobs exempt from the order. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other businesses deemed essential to life will remain open. FULL DETAILS HERE

-- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the number of coronavirus cases statewide will only stop growing if residents do their part and follow her order. "We really need everyone to stay home. Stop moving around, stop meeting with people. Do your part so that we can get through this." READ MORE HERE

-- Beaumont Health says it is now caring for nearly 450 confirmed COVID-19 patients across its eight hospitals. In addition, 185 patients admitted to its hospitals have COVID-19 test results pending, as of Tuesday afternoon. Beaumont says it is prioritizing its own testing for patients who are admitted to a Beaumont hospital or receiving treatment at a Beaumont emergency center; and that is has some ventilator capacity right now, but that could change as more people become infected. READ MORE HERE.

-- A member of the Detroit Police Department has died due to complications from coronavirus. The civilian employee, identified as a 38-year-old dispatcher, is the first person in the department to die from COVID-19. Roughly 300 other police personnel remain under quarantine. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Oakland County is requiring businesses that remain open during the governor's order to stay at home to screen their employees for COVID-19 symptoms -- cough, fever and shortness of breath. County Executive Dave Coulter signed an order Tuesday that calls for businesses to develop a daily screening program. GET DETAILS HERE

-- You'll have to wait a few weeks to cash in on those bottle deposits. Retailers across Michigan have stopped collecting bottle returns temporarily while the virus continues to spread. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Ford Motor Company will be working with 3M and GE Healthcare to make medical supplies. The Dearborn-based automaker is expected to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week. In addition, workers will be making respirators and ventilators. GET DETAILS HERE

-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters through April 13. Anyone with reservations over the next three weeks will receive full refunds. The parks remain open if you want to go for a walk. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Two UAW members -- one at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and one at the transmission plant in Kokomo, Indiana -- have died of the virus. Both reportedly worked for Fiat Chrysler. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Starting Tuesday, Flint Bishop Airport Police will begin taking non-contact, forehead temperatures of all passengers, public and staff as they enter the terminal. The only doorway that will be open to the terminal is the center vestibule.

-- The latest tally of price-gouging complaints received by the Attorney General’s office is 1,417, as of Monday.

-- Hospitals and other medical facilities in metro Detroit and across the state are short on critical equipment and supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Donations are needed. GET DETAILS HERE

-- 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.

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