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

Recovery rate climbs

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

DETROIT – Michigan’s confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery rate is more than 400, state officials reported Saturday.

Here’s what happened Saturday:

4 Kroger employees die from COVID-19

Employees at four Kroger stores in Metro Detroit have died from coronavirus, the company said.

The stores the employees worked at were in Northville, located at 425 North Center; Troy, located at 3125 John R; Grosse Pointe, located at 16919 Kercheval; and Livonia, located at 30935 Five Mile Road.

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Michigan recovery rate surpasses 433

According to state officials officials, 433 people in Michigan have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) as of April 11.

The state reports recovery numbers every Saturday.

This is up from the 56 reported previously.

Temporary hospital scaled back in Novi

The temporary hospital at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi scaled back its initial plans to 250 beds instead of the 1,000 originally planned.

Esther Johnson, a project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that number can change again.

Death toll reaches 1,392

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 23,993 as of Saturday, including 1,392 deaths, state officials report.

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That number is up from 22,783 confirmed cases and 1,281 deaths Friday.

IRS issues first coronavirus stimulus payments

The IRS tweeted Saturday that payments to qualifying Americans with direct deposit accounts set up had begun to receive their coronavirus relief payment.

Those who don’t have direct deposit information registered with the IRS could wait months for checks to be mailed. The IRS is expected to roll out an online tool to help those that have not registered direct deposit do so.

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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