DETROIT – The coronavirus death toll (COVID-19) in Michigan rose to nine on Sunday, while the number of confirmed cases broke 1,000.
Read a full summary of the weekend here.
The death toll rises to 9
The Washtenaw County Health Department announced on COVID-19 state 9th death.
The victim was one older man with basic health problemsofficials said. He was hospitalized on Saturday and died on Sunday.
It is the first coronavirus-related death in the county. The county has 35 confirmed cases of the virus.
The the total reported number of cases confirmed by the state is 1,041.
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Lapeer County Jail employee has COVID-19
A employed at the Thumb Correction Center in Lapeer County has coronavirus.
Officials said the employee is not resident in the county.
Officials are working with the Michigan Department of Corrections to contact people who may have been exposed to the person.
Car manufacturers to make fans
President Donald Trump said Ford, General Motors and Tesla are able to manufacture fans and other metal products for healthcare facilities.
GM has previously worked with Ventec, a medical device manufacturer, and StopTheSpread.org to help increase fan production.
Other Michigan companies are also stepping up production of products outside of their regular items. On Friday, breweries and distillers were allowed to produce hand sanitizer with denatured alcohol, a by-product of the beer making process.
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Wayne State student is positive for COVID-19
A Wayne State University student in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments has coronavirus, officials.
The student will be quarantined in Atchison Hall. One floor of the dormitory building is reserved for quarantined students.
Last week, the school announced that two employees had the virus.
Diffusion from person to person
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
- Among people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or who can be inhaled into the lungs.
Can anyone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be more contagious when they are more symptomatic (the sicker).
- Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of what is going on with this new coronavirus, but this is not believed to be the primary way the virus spreads.
Diffused by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible for a person to obtain COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is present and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not considered to be the primary way in which the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continuously without stopping.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a normal household cleaning spray or cloth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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People who think they have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their doctor immediately.
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