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Published 4/9/2020
5:27pm

Shiawassee County Health Department COVID-19 Update for April 9th 2020

33 Confirmed Cases, 9 Recoveries

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The latest data from the Shiawassee County Health Department reveals 33 confirmed positive Coronavirus cases and 9 recoveries.

Patients range in age from 15 to 81.  17 are male, 16 are female.  Individuals are both self-isolating at home and in the hospital and have varying health conditions.

There have been 660 specimens collected with 564 negative results returned.

After today's update, there are now 21,504 confirmed cases in the state and 1,076 persons have succumbed to COVID-19 related illness.

Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42 which both extends the "Stay Home. Stay Safe" order to April 30th and adds additional restrictions which make certain non-essential purchases unavailable.

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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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