Michigan now has 53 coronavirus cases

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Within a few hours after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials gave an update on coronavirus in Michigan, the Michigan State Police announced Sunday night that the number of positive cases has grown to 53.

At a 6 p.m. press conference, the governor announced that Michigan had 45 cases and one of them was a young person. The state later released that it is a male child with contact with a person with COVID-19. In total, the state announced on Sunday 20 new cases. The first two confirmed cases were announced on Tuesday.

A statewide coronavirus hotline will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.

The new cases include those from Detroit, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Kent County,
Ottawa County and St. Clair County. Previous cases also have been found in Bay, Charlevoix, Ingham, Montcalm and Monroe counties.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 164,837 confirmed positive cases and 6,470 deaths linked to COVID-19 globally. There are more than 1,600 confirmed cases and 61 deaths in the United States.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the state is overloaded with testing for COVID-19.

Coronavirus cases climb to 45, casinos closing

During the press conference, Whitmer announced that she is working with the state Gaming Control Board to temporarily close commercial casinos in Detroit. Additional action on bars and restaurants would likely be forthcoming, she said.

Whitmer already has taken several actions to combat the spread of coronavirus, including prohibiting all events and assemblages of more than 250 people until April 6. Attorney General Dana Nessel said Sunday she’s ready to enforce the restrictions, as well as prosecute businesses that price gouge during the pandemic.

In addition, all K-12 school buildings will be shut down to students beginning Monday until April 5. Childcare facilities will remain open during the statewide shutdown, whether they are attached to schools or free standing. In-person visits at Michigan’s prisons, juvenile correctional facilities and care facilities also have been discontinued.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.