MI COVID-19 cases reach 54,881; 5,240 deaths recorded

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan has confirmed 202 more cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 54,881, the state said Monday.

According to data released by the state, Michigan has recorded 12 additional deaths, bringing the total to 5,240.

In Wayne County, where the outbreak has been the worst, there have been 19,816 cases (45 more than the day prior) and 2,364 deaths (five more than the day prior). Oakland County has had 8,226 cases and 955 deaths. Macomb County has had 6,516 cases and 778 deaths. 

In Genesee County, where Flint is, there have been 1,961 cases and 242 deaths.

Nearly half of the deaths reported Monday were in West Michigan.

Kent County has had 3,385 cases (26 more than the day prior) and 68 deaths (one more than the day prior).

In Kalamazoo County, 801 cases have been recorded (four more than the day prior) and 49 deaths (two more than the day prior).

Muskegon County has had 603 cases (13 more than the day prior) and 31 deaths (one more than the day prior).

Ottawa County has recorded 709 cases (13 more than the day prior) and 27 deaths (one more than the day prior).

Two out-of-state visitors who visited the Traverse City area during the holiday weekend have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Traverse City Ticker reports the two travelers were symptomatic during the weekend stay with family. In a post on Facebook, the news outlet reports one of the visitors was taken to the hospital and the other is now in quarantine in a hotel room.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says because the pair of visitors are not residents, they will not count as positive cases in the county. However, six others in Grand Traverse County who had contact with the visitors are now self-quarantining and will be monitored for 14 days.

Monday, the Grand Traverse County Health Department said its COVID-19 case count remains at five deaths, 23 positive cases, six probable cases and 14 recoveries.

The health department said county and city leaders continued the first weekend for retailers, bars and restaurants to reopen “successful and with very few notable incidents or violations.”

Residents, businesses and visitors to the Traverse City area are encouraged to follow state health guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19, including:

• Staying 6 feet apart
• Wearing masks
• Limiting social gatherings to 10 people
• Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing
• Following workplace safety protocols.

On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order through June 12, reiterating a warning that reengaging the state too quickly could lead to a second spike of coronavirus. Under the order, places like theaters, gyms and casinos must remain closed.

The governor lifted some restrictions, allowing gatherings of up to 10 people and retail and auto showrooms to open by appointment only starting Tuesday. Medical, dental and veterinary procedures will be allowed starting May 29.

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.