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Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand as of Sunday night

Death toll is now 132

A satellite image of Michigan (NASA)
A satellite image of Michigan (NASA)

DETROIT – President Donald Trump extended social distancing measures Sunday, as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to climb across the nation.

Read a full weekend recap here.

Here’s what happened Sunday:

Social distancing extended until April 30

President Donald Trump announced that federal coronavirus mitigation guidelines are extended until April 30.

Practices for social distancing are included in the federal government’s guidelines -- meaning Americans are expected to isolate at home for another month.

Gov. Whitmer signs order protecting inmates

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order that aims to protect vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers.

The order details risk-reduction protocols that have been adopted and implemented by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

County jails and local jails are strongly encouraged to adopt the new protocols.

Death toll rises to 132

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 5,524 as of Saturday, including 132 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 4,650 confirmed cases and 111 deaths Saturday.

Whitmer discusses pandemic

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state.

When asked to talk about the current situation in Detroit, Whitmer noted that although the state is taking “aggressive measures” in response to the outbreak, its numbers are rising exponentially.

SMART to reduce bus service by additional 40%

This week, SMART will further reduce bus services.

SMART officials say ridership has dropped 80 percent over the last few weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because the service is considered essential, buses will continue to transport individuals on essential trips to work, grocery stores and necessary appointments.

Warren GM plant to make masks

GM will be producing surgical face masks at its Warren plant.

The Warren plant is being cleaned and retooled to manufacture FDA-cleared Level 1 surgical masks. Production is expected to begin this week.

AG answers stay-at-home order questions

Michigan’s stay-at-home order, which requires numerous businesses to halt operations or shift to remote work, has led to some confusion.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel said phone lines have been overwhelmed with people asking questions about the order and reporting businesses that are remaining open despite not being essential.

MORE: What nonessential employees can do if they’re being forced to work

Explore Michigan virtually

How about some good news?

While you are social distancing, you can explore Michigan virtually.

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

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can 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 thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention and Treatment

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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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

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

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