Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand today


Survey: 1 in 7 small businesses in Michigan not confident about surviving COVID-19 pandemic

One in seven Michigan small businesses are not confident they will survive the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM).

SBAM said in a news release Tuesday that fraction equals about 14 percent of small businesses in Michigan that do not feel they can survive the economic shutdown. Michigan has been under a stay-at-home order in some capacity since March 23, with many businesses including restaurants and storefronts ordered shuttered.

Pfizer begins COVID-19 vaccine trial, will be manufactured in Michigan

Pfizer has started a new clinical trial on a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and it’ll be manufactured in Michigan.

Pfizer and BioNTech SE announced Tuesday that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the phase 1/2 clinical trial for the “BNT162 vaccine” program to prevent COVID-19.

The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week.

Pfizer is scaling up their manufacturing capacity and distribution infrastructure to create up to hundreds of millions of doses by 2021. The company’s clinical trial supply will be made at sites in Andover, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, Missouri, and the initial manufacturing will be conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- the largest manufacturing site in the Pfizer network.

Michigan issues guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical care

Michigan has released new guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical or dental care during the ongoing pandemic.

An Emergency Order issued in March was signed “to ensure healthcare systems had enough staffing, bed capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) to care for all patients, as well as to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The state says the order “was meant to be flexible so patient care can be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine which services are needed more immediately and which can be safely delayed without resulting in a decline in health.”

Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 43,950; Death toll now at 4,135

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 43,950 as of Monday, including 4,135 deaths, state officials report.

“These counts are representative of data in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System as of 4 p.m. on May 4, 2020. However, as the data backlog is still processing from a software issue, today’s numbers are not representative of the full data set since the May 3 report.”

Sunday’s total was 43,754 confirmed cases and 4,049 deaths.

Monday’s release was delayed until the evening due to a software issue, according to the state.

Here’s what happened Monday:

‘Not out of the woods yet’: Gov. Whitmer provides update on state’s COVID-19 response

Tuesday will mark eight weeks since the first two COVID-19 cases were identified in Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state’s response has been “swift.” She noted the efforts to build alternate care facilities for coronavirus patients. She also said the personal protective equipment procurement team has worked “diligently” to secure PPE.

“There was a time in March when we didn’t have enough PPE to know that we could go into the weekend with the confidence that we would have everything we needed,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer said that now, because of private donations, businesses and the federal government, Michigan has enough PPE to last several weeks.

Congressman sues Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) is suing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, saying her actions violate his constitutional rights.

Whitmer recently extended her state of emergency without the approval of Michigan legislators, who have promised to retaliate legally. The state is under a stay-at-home order through May 15.

Though Whitmer loosened restrictions on businesses such as landscaping, golf and motorized boating, protesters have gathered at the capital demanding the state reopen more quickly.

2 at large after murder of security guard who told woman to wear mask

A security guard at a Flint Family Dollar was shot to death Friday after telling a woman she needed to wear a mask inside the store, authorities said.

Calvin Munerlyn and the woman, identified as Sharmel Teague, 45, had a verbal altercation over her not wearing a mask at the store at 877 E. 5th Avenue, authorities said.

Police are looking for Larry Edward Teague Jr., 44, and Ramonyea Travon Bishop, 23.

Larry Teague and Ramonyea Bishop
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Death toll reaches 4,135

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 43,950 as of Monday, including 4,135 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 43,754 confirmed cases and 4,049 deaths Sunday.

The official recovery total is 15,659.

Detroit police write 272 tickets, give 768 warnings to people violating social distancing orders

Detroit police wrote 272 tickets and gave 768 warnings to people violating coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing orders over the weekend.

Those numbers are from Friday through Sunday. Police were on patrol as people got outside during the nice weather.

Beaumont Wayne Hospital to begin reopening tomorrow

Officials said Beaumont Wayne Hospital will begin reopening Tuesday.

The reopening will start at 8 a.m. and will take place in phases as staff are brought back; some were laid off and others were moved to different locations.

GM, Ford, FCA mull possible reopen dates, but stay-at-home order stands in way

Detroit’s Domestic Three automakers -- General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler -- are mulling their reopening options, but the Michigan stay-at-home order is providing a major roadblock.

They want to reopen as soon as possible. FCA initially wanted to be open Monday, and there was evidence of that at the Warren truck plant. But that plan got postponed.

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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