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Published 4/4/2020

Now 23 Coronavirus Cases in Shiawassee County, Health Dept. Says

Health Department Will Inform People Who Have Been In Close Contact With These Individuals



The Shiawassee County Health Department has been notified of five additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total case count to twenty-three. There have been 13 males and 10 females diagnosed. The Shiawassee County Health Department will inform people who have been in close contact with these individuals. The state of Michigan has reported 14,225 confirmed cases and 540 deaths.

“I want to reinforce the message that everyone should be taking precautionary measures by assuming there is a high likelihood that the infection exists in public places” states Health Officer, Larry Johnson. County residents should continue to stay home and take prevention measures towards slowing the spread of COVID-19 as this virus is affecting a variety of age groups in Shiawassee County.

A local hotline is available at 989-743-2460, Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM to answer health questions or concerns and help community residents with basic needs, residents can leave a voicemail afterhours.

The Memorial Healthcare Alternate Care Site will remain open on a walk-in basis from 7AM to 7PM for mild to moderate flu-like symptoms at 826 W. King St. Owosso, MI, 48867. For those with severe symptoms, county residents should call 9-1-1 or proceed to the emergency department. We ask that you call the Memorial Healthcare emergency department at (989) 723-5211 before your arrival if possible.

Visit,, or the Shiawassee County Health Department Facebook page for more information.



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Update 4/5/2020

Benteler Automotive Corporation in West Michigan will lay off 1,000 employees.  The company notified the state of the temporary layoffs due to global impacts on the supply chain.

Cease and desist letters were sent to three non-essential Upper Peninsula businesses for remaining open when only essential businesses should be open.  Auto Credit Center, Grow Masters Indoor & Outdoor Gardening Supplies and Holy Smokes Tobacco Shop, all in Menominee County, were hand-delivered the letters by Michigan State Police.

Michigan State University is launching virtual courses aimed at anyone interested in gardening.  The Cabin Fever Conversations series features a different guest speaker each week.

Meijer is now conducting health-screenings of employees before each shift.  The West Michigan-based retailer joins other companies taking extra steps to keep employees and customers safe.

The Treasury Department has announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive the direct payment being made to Americans as part of the CARES Act, Congressman John Moolenaar said, noting that he supported the initiative. Social Security recipients who normally do not file a tax return, do not need to file one to receive the payment.

Lansing Police are asking for help locating a missing teen.  Demasio Nino Perez is 14 years old, 6'1 and 155 pounds, police say, and was reported as a runaway/missing person last seen in the 500 block of Riley Street in Lansing.  He was wearing black and grey sweatpants and a grey t-shirt.  Call 517-483-4600 with information.

Saginaw parks and playgrounds have closed to vehicle access effective immediately.  Anyone wishing to utilize a city park will have to enter on foot until further notice.

The MHSAA has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter and sports seasons.  This marks the first year since 1942-1943 that finals will not be played.  World War II forced the cancellation of many final sporting events.