DETROIT – The death rate related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan exceeded 500 on Saturday.
Detroit police break down large gatherings
Because large gatherings are still a problem, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is taking steps to stop the spread of coronavirus that includes taking basketball nets in the parks.
Unless residents have to do things that are deemed necessary by the executive order at home, including going to the grocery store or dealing with a medical situation, they are encouraged to stay at home.
Henry Ford Health nurse dies
Lisa Ewald, a woman who spent two decades as a nurse, died from COVID-1
The Dearborn woman would turn 54 on Saturday.
Prison chairman who died from COVID-19 identified
Dean Savard, a sheriff’s deputy sheriff who worked in the county jail, died Friday from coronavirus (COVID-19), officials said.
Savard, 51, worked in Wayne County Jail, Division 1. He was with the force for 16 years.
The death toll reaches 540
The number confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan have increased to 14,225 as of Friday, including 540 deaths, state officials report.
That number increases from 12,744 confirmed cases and 479 deaths on Thursday.
WSU Physician Group purchases fast test units
Wayne State University Physician Group purchased four new units that quickly deliver test results from COVID-19.
The units can process a total of 500 tests every day and produce results within one hour. They will be placed in Detroit hospitals so patients who test positive can be isolated immediately.
Meijer to limit the number of buyers
Meijer is taking further steps to protect customers and employees’ health and safety.
All stores will more actively communicate appropriate social distance protocols to customers through signs and shipping messages in the store.
Stores have already placed decals six meters apart at checkout lanes, pharmacy desks and service desks, officials say.
Wayne State University employee dies
A Wayne State University employee who also studied for a degree in sociology at the college died of complications related to coronavirus, WSU President Roy Wilson announced Saturday.
Darrin Adams worked at WSU for almost six years as custodian, primarily in the Manoogian Hall.
Explore Michigan virtually
How about some good news?
While you are a social distance, you can explore Michigan virtually.
The #VirtualPureMichigan campaign will feature live cameras showing places like Traverse City, Holland and Frankenmuth, as well as virtual tours of museums and other related educational experiences.
The virus is believed to be spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory drops produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These drops can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled in the lungs.
Can anyone spread the virus without being sick?
- Dissemination is possible before people show symptoms. People who do not show symptoms can still carry the virus and can still pass it on to other people.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not considered the most important way the virus spreads itself.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses are not as easily spread. Another factor is whether the spread is maintained and spreads continuously without stopping.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then toss the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently affected items and surfaces with a regular household spray or wipe.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before you eat; and after blowing in the nose, coughing or sneezing.
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Persons who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
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