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Published 4/11/2020

Shiawassee County Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Related Death 

Young Shiawassee County Man Succumbs to Coronavirus


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The Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) has been notified of the county’s first death related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
The individual was a male with underlying health conditions in his 30’s who was hospitalized.

“I regret to report that Shiawassee County has suffered its first death. I know that many county residents are concerned about what impact this virus may have on themselves, their loved ones, and our state. My deepest condolences go out to the family that has been impacted. This death reminds us to do all that we can do to stay home and practice social distancing to protect our community.” said Health Officer, Larry Johnson.

A local hotline is available at 989-743-2460, Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM to answer health questions or concerns related to COVID-19 or to help community residents with basic needs.

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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.