MICHIGAN — The numbers keep climbing.
After a week in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted various emergency measures — including ordering schools and many businesses to close, and banning gatherings of more than 50 people — hundreds of new coronavirus COVID-19 cases are still being reported across Michigan this weekend.
The number of confirmed cases statewide jumped from 549 to 787 on Saturday, March 21, including new cases in counties not previously affected, as the death toll rose to eight.
Last Sunday, Michigan had 53 confirmed cases. The count is about 15 times higher now.
Schools and universities are transitioning to online learning. Bars and restaurants are trying to get by with just takeout/delivery service. Musicians are taking their shows online. And many residents are practicing social distancing and staying home.
Below are the latest developments that impact Michigan residents.
- Michigan coronavirus cases climb to near 800, with 8 deaths. The majority of Michigan’s coronavirus cases are in Southeast Michigan, with 248 cases in Detroit, 229 in Oakland County and 101 each in Wayne and Macomb counties. The state confirmed five deaths Saturday afternoon, but three more deaths were later reported by hospitals or health departments in Oakland, Kent and Macomb counties.
- West Michigan reported its first death. A male patient in his 70s with underlying health issues died from COVID-19 on March 21 at a Spectrum Health hospital in Kent County.
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes down hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors. The governor signed an executive order ordering all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services to close March 22-April 13. The order applies to hair and nail salons, tanning salons, spas, businesses that offer massage, tattoos, body art and piercing services, as well as those that offer similar services that require people to be within six feet of each other.
- Washtenaw County coronavirus case count climbs to 29 with 13 new cases. There’s evidence the illness is spreading locally.
- Kent County coronavirus cases climb from 12 to 21. The county health department issued the new numbers Saturday, March 21.
- West Michigan coronavirus victim ‘really felt I was dying.’ After a weeklong stay at Holland Hospital, Rena Hawkins, Ottawa County’s first COVID-19 patient, is now in isolation.
- Oakland County closes malls, playgrounds after 1st coronavirus death. “If people ask if we’re overreacting, I would say absolutely not. There’s going to be a new normal for us right now,” County Executive David Coulter said.
- First coronavirus case reported in Saginaw County; 7 in Genesee. Saginaw County reported its first case.
- Calhoun County records first coronavirus case. The person is an adult who is recovering at home in isolation.
- Berrien, Allegan counties report first coronavirus cases. The Berrien County Health Department is advising anyone who attended a March 8 Sandi Patty concert and had close contact with the singer to self-quarantine.
- Clare County reports first positive coronavirus case. “We hope for the speedy recovery of our resident,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, health department medical director.
- GM partners with medical company to make ventilators during coronavirus pandemic. GM and Ventec Life Systems are collaborating to increase production of respiratory care products.
- Michigan lawmakers help AG field coronavirus price-gouging complaints, hotline hours extended. The attorney general’s office has received more than 1,000 price-gouging complaints and state lawmakers are helping answer phone calls this weekend.
- ‘Stay at home,’ Ann Arbor mayor tells residents in new coronavirus video update. “The virus is still spreading, as we knew that it would,” Mayor Christopher Taylor said.
- Assume coronavirus may be present in public places, Washtenaw health officer warns. “We must do everything we can to protect our community members,” County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck said.
- Michigan Medicine begins collecting protective gear donations for health care workers and patients. University of Michigan’s hospital system is asking for donations of medical supplies, including disposable masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers.
- Aerial views show empty Ann Arbor, UM campus after coronavirus outbreak. Compared to its normal bustling nature, downtown streets and sidewalks are a lot emptier as residents practice social distancing.
- John Ball Zoo to stay closed as coronavirus pandemic continues. Zoo leaders made the announcement Saturday, March 21.
- Celebrate virtual Oberon Day together, apart. Bell’s Brewery has cordially invited you to a virtual toast at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23.
- Secretary of State returning to normal hours in coronavirus crisis, but still appointment only. The hours were announced Saturday, March 21.
- Gun Lake Casino extending closure to mid-April in coronavirus crisis. The casino announced the changes Friday, March 20.
- University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Dearborn campuses offering alternate grading options amid coronavirus pandemic. Undergraduate students will receive either a “pass” or “no record covid” on their permanent transcripts.
- As coronavirus ‘dramatically’ spikes Michigan unemployment claims, feds impose embargo on numbers. The U.S. Department of Labor is telling states not to provide daily reports on unemployment claims.
- HopCat closing entirely during coronavirus crisis. The popular HopCat chain is scrapping take-out service and shutting down entirely.
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- The show must go… online. Community High salvages play with video monologue. Ann Arbor students created a video of a monologue from “The Tempest” after the play was postponed indefinitely last week.
- Consumers Energy gives $500,000 to help coronavirus response. Organizations will receive the grants in the next week.
- Here’s where you can drop off gear to help Ann Arbor hospitals fight coronavirus. Hospitals near Ann Arbor will accept new or unused protective medical gear, such as surgical masks and disposable gowns.
- West Michigan workers feel pain, uncertainty amid coronavirus pandemic. People throughout the region are coping with layoffs and reduced hours.
In addition to washing hands and regularly touched surfaces, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus, keeping at least six feet away from others and working from home if possible.