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

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Here’s what happened Sunday:

President Trump to visit Ford plant in Ypsilanti

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ford’s Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti Thursday.

The White House said the visit is to thank businesses producing PPE and medical equipment.

Trump is expected to speak at the facility which had been converted to produce ventilators to help fight against coronavirus.

Detroit priest goes viral after squirting socially-distanced blessings from water gun

A priest from Grosse Pointe Park’s St. Ambrose Parish has gone viral after blessing churchgoers with holy water from a squirt gun during Easter.

Father Tim Pelc told Buzzfeed News that he wanted to find a way to safely continue the tradition of blessing Easter baskets amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Death toll reaches 4,891

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 51,142 as of Sunday, including 4,891 deaths, state officials report.

That number is up from 50,504 confirmed cases and 4,880 deaths Saturday.

The official recovery total is 28,234.

New safety protocols introduced as auto manufacturing resumes Monday

After nearly two months, the Big Three will restart production Monday and thousands of line workers will be back on the job.

It won’t be business as usual -- GM, Ford and FCA have implemented new safety procedures to limit the possibility of COVID-19 exposure.

Owner of basketball practice facility weighs how to stay safe, reopen

Fred Procter is a basketball coach running a practice facility in Farmington Hills. He said he’s lost nearly a dozen friends and family members to COVID-19.

He opened the The Practice Zone about three years ago with his son. Procter said just before the virus hit, the business turned a corner and had some of its best months.

Procter is hopeful there’s a way to keep people safe and reopen.

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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