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DETROIT – The death toll from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan exceeded 500 on Saturday.

Detroit police crackdown on large rallies

Since large gatherings are still an issue, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is taking steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including removing basketball nets from the parks.

Unless residents are required to do things deemed essential under the House Keeping Decree, 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 has spent two decades as a nurse, died of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Dearborn woman was supposed to turn 54 on Saturday.

COVID-19 deceased prison assistant identified

Dean Savard, an assistant to the Wayne County Sheriff who worked at the county jail, died on Friday of a coronavirus (COVID-19), officials said.

Savard, 51, worked at Wayne County Jail, Division 1. He was forcefully for 16 years.

Death toll reaches 540

Number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan increased to 14,225 from Friday, including 540 deaths, state officials report.

The number is up from 12,744 confirmed cases and 479 deaths on Thursday.

WSU Physician Group purchases rapid test units

The Wayne State University group of doctors bought four new devices that quickly deliver COVID-19 test results.

The devices can process a total of 500 tests each day and deliver results in less than an hour. They will be placed in Detroit hospitals so that patients who test positive can be isolated immediately.

Meijer to limit the number of buyers

Meijer implements additional measures to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.

All stores will more actively communicate appropriate social distancing protocols to customers through signs and announcements posted inside the store.

Stores have already placed decals six feet apart on checkpoints, pharmacies and service counters, officials said.

Wayne State University employee dies

A Wayne State University employee who was also studying for a college degree in sociology has died from complications from the coronavirus, WSU president Roy Wilson announced on Saturday.

Darrin Adams worked at the WSU for almost six years as a custodian, mainly in the Manoogian Hall.

Explore Michigan virtually

How about good news?

As you move away from society, you can explore Michigan virtually.

The #VirtualPureMichigan campaign will include live cameras showing places like Traverse City, Holland and Frankenmuth, as well as virtual tours of museums and other related educational experiences.

Person-to-person spread

It is believed that the virus is mainly spread from person to person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with each other (within a radius of about 6 feet).
  • By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people have symptoms. People who have no symptoms can still carry the virus and can spread it to others.

Propagation of contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is located and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not the primary method used by the virus spreads.

The ease with which the virus spreads

The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the gap is sustained, continuously expanding without stopping.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or cleaning cloth.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

MORE: Beaumont Health launches coronavirus hotline for patients with symptoms

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare professional immediately.

Question about the coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge here.

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