Whitmer extends stay-home through June 12

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through June 12.

“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” Whitmer said in a statement. “If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home.”

She reiterated her warning that reengaging the state too quickly could lead to a second spike of the virus.

“The worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at further risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made,” a statement read.

Under the order, places like theaters, gyms and casinos must remain closed. Earlier this week, Whitmer announced other restrictions on retail shops and medical procedures will be eased next week.

Also Friday, Whitmer extended her emergency declaration for the state because of the virus, this week upheld by the Michigan Court of Claims, through June 19.

According to data released Friday afternoon, 403 new cases of the virus were confirmed Thursday, bringing the total to 53,913 since the outbreak began in March. Michigan also recorded 29 more deaths linked to the virus for a total of 5,158.

In Wayne County, where the outbreak has been the worst, there have been 19,602 cases (64 more than the day prior) and 2,323 deaths (10 more). Oakland County has had 8,131 cases and 944 deaths. Macomb County has had 6,445 cases and 776 deaths.

In Genesee County, where Flint is, there have been 1,929 cases and 240 deaths.

Within the Michigan Department of Corrections, there have been 3,275 cases. The number of deaths of inmates stood at 60.

With help from the Michigan National Guard, the state tested all 38,130 inmates at 29 prisons in 15 days. The state said it’s still waiting on results for 16,551 inmates and expects complete data next week.

“When it comes to this virus, testing is critical to knowing exactly what you are dealing with and how to address it,” MDOC Director Heidi Washington said in a statement. “The vast majority of the prisoners we found who tested positive had no symptoms and were making it more challenging to control the spread of this illness.”

The state also noted that some inmates have been tested twice before being returned to general population.

There were three more deaths in Kent County, bringing the total to 65. It has recorded 3,231 cases, 86 more than the day prior.

These West Michigan counties also recorded additional deaths:

  • Allegan County: One more death; six total. 197 total cases.
  • Barry County: One more death; two total. 57 total cases.
  • Calhoun County: One more death; 20 total. 334 total cases.
  • Kalamazoo County: Two more deaths; 47 total. 778 total cases.

COVID-19 presents with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. You can find a testing location near you on the state’s website and get information on how to set up an appointment.

On Wednesday, the most recent day for which state data is available, Michigan labs tested 17,656 samples for coronavirus and 6.3% were positive.

In the region of the state that includes Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, 1,441 samples were tested and 4.8% were positive. In the region that includes Grand Rapids, 2,549 samples were tested and 6.6% were positive.

Statewide, the percentage of positive tests is trending down overall even as the number of tests run daily increase. Here are are the testing figures for the last four weeks in seven-day increments:

  • May 13: 25,092 samples tested, 13.2% positive.
  • May 6: 13,563 samples tested, 8.1% positive.
  • April 29: 10,943 samples tested, 11.5% positive.
  • April 22: 7,481 samples tested, 16.7% positive.

The state will release an updated figure on recovery estimates Saturday.

 

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