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Published 4/20/2020
4:06pm

18 Newly Confirmed COVID Cases in Shiawassee County

50% of Cases in Durand Area

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While the State of Michigan today saw the smallest daily increase in confirmed positive Coronavirus cases since late March, Shiawassee County counts its greatest daily increase.  The Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) reports 18 new COVID cases.  This represents the greatest increase in a 24 hour period, but it's not the first time there was an increase of this amount.  The last time it happened was on April 11th, when the county's total hit 54 cases.  

In the last 9 days, the county's total number of COVID-positive cases has more than doubled.

Today there are 112 positive cases in Shiawassee County, 27 recoveries and 4 deaths.  The county has not yet released demographic information about the most recent fatality.

The SCHD does, however, have a new stats page on its website, that offers information about cases throughout the county, including the percentage of total cases by location.

In its update today, SCHD shows that 50.89% of the county's total cases are in the 48429 zip code; the Durand area.

Today Governor Whitmer said in a press conference that while the current "Stay Home. Stay Safe" Executive Order is set to expire on April 30th, if residents hope to see the state to begin opening up on May 1st, they should continue to stay home.

As of today, there are 32,000 positive Coronavirus cases in the state, an increase of 576 in the past 24 hours.

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Update 4/19/2020

Eastern Michigan University students and professors are working to support the frontline by making masks and other personal protective equipment.  An EMU alumni group called GameAbove is providing the resources.

A Muskegon school's virtual class was disrupted by a Zoom bomber.  Inappropriate images were shared by an unknown person in the Holton High School online class.

Some Northern Michigan sheriffs say they will not "strictly" enforce Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order because, as one sheriff told Fox News, "it's a bridge too far."

A survey by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators reveals that at least 300,000 of the state's students do not have internet or a computer.

No prisoners will be given early release due to COVID-19, Governor Whitmer announced in an afternoon press conference on Friday.  The ACLU of Michigan has urged the release of elderly and immunocompromised inmates.

The Eaton Rapids and Swartz Creek locations of Rite Aid are now self-swab COVID-19 testing facilities.  Rite Aid also added a Detroit area testing facility, in Macomb.  The testing locations open Monday April 20th.

13 residents of a Clio nursing home have died due to COVID-19.  23 residents and 23 employees of Maple Woods Manor have tested positive.

Northern Michigan food pantries are getting a protein boost thanks to the sale of gift cards at some area businesses.  20% of gift card sales at Red Ginger or Buritt's Fresh Market in Traverse City will buy chicken and ground beef for the nonprofits.