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Coronavirus epidemic at Meijer’s distribution center linked to 62 cases

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DELTA TWP. – An epidemic of COVID-19 in various buildings of the Meijer Distribution Center complex in the canton of Delta is linked to 62 cases in four counties.

The distribution center remains open while the Barry-Eaton District Health Department is investigating the epidemic, health department spokeswoman Anne Barna said Tuesday afternoon.

The cases are spread across different buildings in the complex, said Barna.

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Ingham County has been the hardest hit so far, with health worker Linda Vail reporting that 46 county residents have tested positive for the epidemic.

Among those residents, Vail said at a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon, 30 are employees and 16 are family contacts.

Fourteen residents of Eaton County tested positive for the new coronavirus as part of the warehouse epidemic, said Barna.

She said there were two more cases – one in Clinton County and one in Jackson County.

Buy a pictureMeijer Lansing’s distribution center on Creyts Road on Saturday January 25, 2020. (Photo: Robert Killips | Lansing State Newspaper)

To Barna’s knowledge, no construction site has been closed due to the epidemic.

Meijer’s spokespersons were not immediately available for comment.

About three dozen additional residents have been affected by a separate outbreak site at the Herbruck Poultry Ranch in Ionia County, which was released in late April.

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In the case of the two outbreaks, Vail said, there is an impact on refugees in the community, some of whom are employed at the distribution center and raising chickens.

The county has partnered with local organizations such as St. Vincent Catholic Charities and the Refugee Development Center to help ensure that refugees understand social distancing and what to do when it is not an option.

“We are entering communities,” Vail said at the press conference.

Health department staff went door to door, she said, and officials have organized and will continue to organize tests.

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Testing in general has increased dramatically since the coronavirus was first documented in Michigan in March, said Vail, and although this is one of the reasons why there are always new positive cases every day, the curve flattens.

Greater Lansing has 872 COVID-19 cases and 33 pandemic-related deaths.

Ingham County reported six new cases on Tuesday for a total of 594, Eaton County reported a single confirmed case for a total of 152. Clinton County had 126 confirmed cases.

The total number of state cases increased by 469 to a total of 48,021. Ninety additional deaths were reported on Tuesday, although 19 of them were added to the daily total as a result of an examination of death certificates.

The state’s death toll was 4,674.

Ken Palmer contributed to this report.

Contact journalist Megan Banta at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ MeganBanta_1.

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