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


DETROIT – Michiganders will have more time to renew their license or vehicle registration if they expired during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Here’s what happened Friday:

AG says state commission has authority to prohibit guns in Michigan Capitol

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said a state commission has the authority to prohibit firearms in the Capitol, if it chooses to do so.

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Nessel said that authority is “consistent with the current state of the law regarding firearms in public buildings” and an informational letter sent to Speaker Chatfield in 2018.

Gov. Whitmer again extends expiration of licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Friday again extending the expiration date of licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations due to COVID-19.

According to the order, if your vehicle registration, operator’s license or chauffeur’s license expired or will expire between Feb. 1 and June 30, you cannot be punished for driving until July 31.

Death toll reaches 4,393

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 46,326 as of Thursday, including 4,393 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 45,646 confirmed cases and 4,343 deaths Wednesday.

The official recovery total is 15,659.

2 men arrested after allegedly killing security guard who told woman to wear mask

Two men are in custody in connection with the shooting death of a Flint security guard over a face mask dispute May 1.

Police were looking for Larry Edward Teague Jr. and Ramonyea Travon Bishop after Calvin Munerlyn was shot to death following an argument with a woman who wasn’t wearing a mask at a Family Dollar at 877 E. 5th Avenue.

The woman, Sharmel Teague, 45, who is in custody, went to an apartment after the argument. Shortly after, Larry Teague and Bishop are accused of going to the store and killing Munerlyn.

206 Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Office employees, 29 jail inmates test positive

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said 206 employees have coronavirus (COVID-19) as of Friday.

Additionally, 29 inmates at the Wayne County Jail have tested positive. As of Friday, 89 of the jail’s 812 inmates had been tested.

That number is up from 177 sheriff’s office employees and 13 inmates as of April 22. Officials said 113 employees have returned to work as of Monday.

Court: Man linked to ISIS will not be released from prison due to COVID-19

A federal court denied a request for a Ypsilanti man with ties to ISIS to temporarily be released from prison during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

An FBI counter-terrorism investigation in 2017 sent Yousef Mohammad Ramadan to prison.

Authorities had found unregistered weapons with the serial numbers scratched off in a storage unit that was rented under Ramadan’s name.

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GM releases plans to safely restart

The COVID-19 outbreak has created problems for automakers like GM, whose auto plants can employ thousands of people with some working closely in tight spaces.

The automaker released ‘Returning to Work with Confidence,' a 48-page booklet that auto industry analyst Alex Calderone said hits the right notes.

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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