Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Wednesday, March 25

WWJ News
March 25, 2020 - 4:23 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020: 

-- The state now has 2,295 cases of COVID-19, with a total of 43 deaths now confirmed.

The new numbers, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday afternoon, include 507 new cases and 19 additional deaths since this time yesterday. Officials say 21 people in Wayne County have died, including 12 in Detroit. In Oakland County, a total of 10 people have died since the outbreak began. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Beginning at noon Wednesday, all businesses in Oakland County that remain open must screen employees for signs of the virus -- cough, fever and shortness of breath. Businesses will also have to establish a social distancing protocol for customers and employees to reduce the transmission of the virus. GET DETAILS HERE

The QLine rail in Detroit is cutting hours in half – as ridership dwindles due to the governor’s “Stay at Home” order. Two streetcars will run during reduced service hours: 6 until 8 on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.​​

-- The city of Detroit is partnering with three health systems to offer drive-thru coronavirus testing at the site of the former State Fairgrounds, near Woodward and 8 Mile. Patients will be required to get a written order or prescription from a physician before scheduling an appointment through the Coronavirus Community Care Network Call Center. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Multiple cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in state psychiatric hospitals. The Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services says three patients and three staff members have tested positive. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Beaumont Health says it is caring for more than 600 people with either confirmed or pending cases of coronavirus at its eight hospitals in Metro Detroit.  Hospital officials say the health system has some ventilator capacity but that could change as the virus continues to spread. In addition, the CEO says they are taking steps to increase capacity by converting some operating rooms into intensive care units.  

-- The U.S. Senate has reached agreement on a $2 trillion relief package. Legislative leaders say it will help regular people as well as hospitals and small businesses. The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history.  Lawmakers will vote on the package when the Senate reconvenes at noon. GET DETAILS HERE

-- A number of grocery stores across the state, including Meijer, are installing plexiglass shields in check-out lanes to help protect both employees and customers from the virus. Other measures are being taken at grocery stores everywhere, including extra cleaning and sanitation of surfaces. Meijer is also temporarily removing Sandy the Pony from the front of its stores. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Three Detroit-area organizations have reopened drive-through testing for symptomatic first responders and health care workers after briefly pausing to adjust staffing in the wake of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home executive order. GET DETAILS HERE

-- A second member of the Detroit Police Department has died after contracting the coronavirus. The employee, identified only as a commanding officer, died the same day the department announced its first death, a 38-year-old dispatcher with no known medical issues. Roughly 300 other police personnel remain under quarantine. GET DETAILS HERE

-- The UAW says two auto workers have died from coronavirus. One man worked at the Sterling Heights Assembly plant, another at the Kokomo Assembly plant in Indiana. Fiat Chrysler officials are declining comment out of what they say is a respect for the workers' family.  Auto plants have been closed after complaints of dangerous conditions for workers during the pandemic by the Union. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Officials want people to stop calling the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline about the stay-at-home order, which is in effect through April 13. The AG says any complaints related to the governor's order should be directed to local police departments. Anyone who doesn't comply with the order could be fined $500 and sentenced to 90 days in jail. 

-- Price-gouging complaints related to COVID-19 filed with the Attorney General’s office are nearing 1,600. 

-- The American Red Cross says there’s a severe blood shortage in metro Detroit. To help, there’s a pair of blood drives in Plymouth Township today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sheldon Road and the Holiday Inn Express on Beck Road. Then, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn again.​​ Healthy people are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets, or plasma.

-- 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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