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


DETROIT – The Macomb County executive is pushing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ease up her stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Here’s what happened Tuesday:

Macomb County executive unimpressed with Whitmer’s plan, urges her to ease up on stay-at-home order

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is unhappy with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, saying her reopening plan didn’t tell anyone anything and urging her to ease up on the stay-at-home order.

VIEW: A timeline of closures, event bans, stay-at-home orders

Hackel said he has been hearing from many businesses in Macomb County. He said Michigan was originally trying to flatten the curve, but now the goal post has moved to something he doesn’t even recognize.

Blue Angels fly over Metro Detroit

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew over Metro Detroit late Tuesday morning in solidarity with frontline workers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From 11:30 a.m. to 11:51 a.m., the Blue Angels flew from Sutton Lake, over Detroit, around Sterling Heights and then landed at the Detroit Metro Airport.

Watch a video here.

Death toll reaches 4,674

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 48,021 as of Monday, including 4,674 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 47,552 confirmed cases and 4,584 deaths Sunday.

The official recovery total is 22,686.

Lawmakers warn schools to prepare for significant budget cuts

A massive budget shortfall could mean as much as a 25% cut in the classroom.

The dire assessment amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could turn into a harsh reality come next school year. The timing is only making the situation worse.

Camp Mirage in Plymouth cancels summer camp season

Camp Mirage, a summer camp in Plymouth, has cancelled their 2020 summer camp season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“If we were able to open, we wouldn’t be able to provide an experience that resembles summer camp,” director Cara Trost said.

How MGM Grand Detroit will look when it reopens

When it can reopen, the casino floor at MGM will look very different. Every other slot machine will be placed out of service.

In areas where machines are closer than six feet apart, the chairs will be removed.

The number of players allowed at each table will also be reduced, and plexiglass barriers will be set up at tables where social distancing isn’t possible.

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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