Saturday April 4: latest developments on coronaviruses in Michigan

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Upon entering the work week, Michigan had 5,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 132 deaths. In the end, cases more than doubled and deaths more than tripled.

Meanwhile, grocery stores are changing policies, residents are demanding the reopening of golf courses, and there are now Zoom videoconferences for dogs.

Below is an overview of the most recent developments related to the crisis.

The peak of nearly 2,000 confirmed cases in Michigan is the largest to date

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan continue to increase – with 1,953 others reported on Friday April 3. Michigan now has a total of 12,744 cases.

There have now been 479 deaths, including the 62 new deaths reported on Friday.

Snowbirds face tough choice as to when to go home

It’s the time of year many seniors return to Michigan after winters in the southern states. But with home stay orders in many states, some are trying to decide what to do.

Some cities in northern Michigan are asking their snowbirds to delay their journey home or to quarantine themselves for 14 days once home – to prevent the spread of the disease.

Grocery stores limit the number of buyers and test employees

With the policing of the governor at home, there is only one main place where people flock – the grocery stores.

Retailers are implementing limits and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including Costco limiting the number of people who can enter their store by membership card, Target limiting the number of buyers in its stores and Meijer controlling the employees before each shift.

High school sports canceled for winter and spring seasons

On Wednesday, the schools were announced closed for the rest of the school year. School sports events for the school year were canceled on Thursday.

It was the largest cancellation of high school sports in Michigan since World War II.

The church has a “driving” confession

Driving services are no longer just for burgers and fries.

An Ann Arbor Catholic Church offers salvation by the street, via the Sacrament of Confession. The priest remains 6 feet from the vehicles.

Unemployment in the United States up 0.9%

From February to March, unemployment in the United States jumped from 0.9% to 4.4%. It’s the biggest jump since 1975.

Michigan’s unemployment site had such a demand that authorities shut it down Friday night to upgrade it, hoping to respond to the surge in applicants.

On the employer side, small businesses can start asking for $ 349 billion in repayable loans through the paycheck protection program.

Google data shows Michiganders stayed at home

Google is spying on smartphone users, but at least they’re nice enough to reveal what they’ve learned.

Location data shows that Michiganders avoid restaurants, workplaces and even grocery stores while spending more time in parks and homes.

Younger people are part of the coronavirus cases

Young people are not immune to the coronavirus, the numbers show, and even young people with limited or no symptoms can spread the virus to others.

Heads of state warn Michiganders that everyone must take precautions.

Residents and State Representative Urge Governor to Reopen Golf Courses

Golf courses are not considered to be a vital business and are therefore closed under the statewide home stay order.

But many residents – including a DeWitt state official – are asking Whitmer to reopen them, just with more precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Library plans Zoom videoconference for dogs

While golf is not currently being considered, Michiganders can be entertained by a Zoom video conference for dogs on Saturdays.

There is a rule: no cats.

Don’t worry too much, cat lovers, their own conference call is scheduled for next weekend. And anyone can tune in to the video conferencing steam to just watch, even without pets.

Governor tightens home stay restrictions, prevents companies from punishing workers

Whitmer issued Executive Decree 2020-36 on Friday prohibiting companies from disciplining workers for staying at home if the employee has COVID-19, has symptoms of the virus, or has close contact with someone who tests positive. .

The ordinance also states that people with the virus or a major symptom of it should stay at home. They can go out for essential supplies – but only if they are not available for delivery.

Kalamazoo company is developing a new medical bed

Many Michigan companies have decided to make masks and face shields in recent weeks. But what about medical beds?

Stryker is on it and already plans to produce 10,000 of its newly designed beds per week.

Grand Rapids Convention Center Could Become Field Hospital

Detroit is building a temporary field hospital at the TCF Center – the former Cobo Center – and Grand Rapids may be next.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has been in preliminary talks to make the Devos Place Convention Center a temporary field hospital, if necessary.

A senator’s business creates a machine to disinfect N95 masks

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of R-Clarklake challenged his company to create a machine capable of disinfecting N95 masks.

Five days later, Orbitform had a prototype. The steel cabinet disinfects 12 masks with ultraviolet light for 15 to 30 minutes.

Even if baseball returns in 2020, minor leagues may not

It is not yet known if and when baseball could start in 2020.

But each time the Major League Baseball season begins, the minor leagues may not be ready due to the logistical hurdles posed by the coronavirus.

Attorney General Calls On Companies To Make “Fake” Coronavirus Test Kits

A pair of companies markets COVID-19 home test kits for $ 25. Attorney General Dana Nessel orders them to stop selling the defective kits and to reimburse people.

She also sent a letter to stop and abstain from a Portage car wash to stay open despite the governor’s order to stay at home.

The star of “Tiger King” in solitary confinement for the observation of a coronavirus

If you haven’t heard of the new Netflix series “Tiger King” and star of “Joe Exotic”, we don’t know what you did during your quarantine.

The imprisoned man was transferred to a COVID-19 isolation area this week because there were confirmed cases of virus at the prison from where he was recently transferred.

Detroit skyline lights up to honor essential workers

Several Detroit buildings are lit up in red, white and blue at night in honor of essential workers. It will continue every evening throughout the order of home stay.

Schools face unprecedented challenge after closure

One day after the governor’s order to close schools for students for the rest of the school year, teachers and families are grappling with the consequences of the change.

Education leaders say rural areas and less affluent communities will be the most affected.

Pilots volunteer to travel to Indiana to collect supplies

Some Michigan pilots donated their time and resources to travel to Muncie, Indiana on Friday to retrieve masks for Michigan hospitals.

Michigan Secures Additional Funding To Provide Meals To Seniors

People aged 60 and over can have free meals delivered and request daily calls to check their well-being.

Michigan received $ 7.5 million in federal funding to facilitate an anticipated increase in needs during the pandemic.

Rentals in the seaside town

Owners of vacation properties in South Haven are not allowed to rent their homes while staying at home, city officials said.

It is a gross violation of the order to stop non-essential cases, they said.

PREVENTION TIPS

In addition to washing your hands regularly and not touching your face, authorities recommend practicing social distancing, assuming that anyone can carry the virus.

Health officials say that you should stay at least 6 feet from others and work from home, if possible.

Take a hand sanitizer with you and use disinfectant wipes or disinfectant spray cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, counters) and when you go to places like stores.

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