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Published 4/4/2020
12:40am

Shiawassee County Up To 18 Cases 

10 Adult Males and 8 Adult Females Diagnosed

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The Shiawassee County Health Department has been notified of one additional COVID-19 case, bringing the total case count to eighteen. There have been 10 adult males and 8 adult females diagnosed. County residents who have tested positive are between 26 and 73 years of age. Some of these individuals have had underlying health conditions, and some have not, meaning this virus can affect anyone. The Shiawassee County Health Department will inform people who have been in close contact with these individuals. Memorial Healthcare has reported that they have collected 576 specimens and have received 522 negative results, the remaining results are still pending. The state of Michigan has reported 12,744 confirmed cases and 479 deaths.

“The collective goal for Shiawassee County residents should be to slow the spread of this virus by working as a community to adhere to the Stay Home Stay Safe order” states Health Officer, Larry Johnson. Residents can assume the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. The Shiawassee County Health Department wants to reinforce that people should be taking all recommended prevention measures.
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.

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 cdc.gov/coronavirus, michigan.gov/coronavirus, health.shiawassee.net 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.

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