Coronavirus in Michigan: Day 46

Few COVID-19 cases, no deaths in Greater Lansing today 

Greater Lansing tracks 615  coronavirus cases, holds steady at 23 deaths 

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SATURDAY, April 25 — Michigan tracked another 562 COVID-19 cases and 189 more deaths this afternoon, but it was a relatively slow day for the coronavirus across Greater Lansing.  

Only three new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in Ingham County over the last 24 hours, with no additional cases reported in either Clinton or Eaton counties from yesterday. The death toll across all three counties also remained steady at 23 with at least 615 cases.  

Statewide, the death toll edged up to nearly 3,300 with now more than 37,000 confirmed cases. 

Here are the latest statistics for Greater Lansing, Michigan and the country:              

Ingham County                        

Cases — 395   

Recoveries — 108             

Recovery Rate — 27.3%         

Deaths — 9   

Fatality Rate — 2.3%               

At least 91-95 cases are in southwest Lansing in zip code 48911. Much of the rest of south Lansing, Mason, East Lansing, Meridian and Bath townships each tally 36-45 cases in zip codes 48910, 48823 and 48854. Zip codes 48864, 48842 and 48906 each track 26-30 cases. Zip codes 48912 and 48915 each track 16-20 cases. Zip codes 48840, 48895, 48917, 48285, 48819, 48827, 48892, 48909, 48933, 49251, 49264 and 49285 each track 10 cases or less.     

Eaton County                        

Cases — 114   

Recoveries — 73            

Recovery Rate — 64%          

Deaths — 5                 

Fatality Rate — 4.4%             

Clinton County                        

Cases — 106         

Deaths — 9   

Fatality Rate — 8.5%                        

Officials at the Mid-Michigan County Health Department do not report recovery statistics.            

Michigan                        

Cases — 37,203 (+1.5%) 

Recoveries — 8,342 (as of 4/23/20)          

Recovery Rate — 22.4%        

Deaths — 3,274 (+6.1% 

Fatality Rate — 8.8%          

State reports show about 74% of cases (and about 82% of deaths) are from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, including Detroit. Other hotspots include Genesee County with 3.9% of cases, Washtenaw County with 2.7% of cases, Kent County with 2.5% of cases and Saginaw County with 1.5% of cases reported statewide. At least 2.8% of cases, or 1,026 cases (and 31 deaths) have also been reported among inmates at the Michigan Department of Corrections.    

Caucasians account for 32% of cases and 44% of deaths statewide. Despite accounting for a smaller segment of the population, African Americans account for 33% of cases and 41% of deaths in Michigan. Those of an unknown race accounted for 22% of cases and 9% of deaths.          

U.S.                      

Cases — 924,865   

Deaths — 53,070  

Fatality Rate — 5.7%         

Source: CNN                 

As of earlier this afternoon, Michigan has reported the seventh most cases in the country, behind New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Michigan also ranks third in most virus-related deaths, behind only New York and New Jersey.  

In related news… 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the names of dozens of nursing homes impacted by the pandemic and the number of COVID-19 cases at each facility. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, nine of the 10 largest current outbreaks are in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties; That region accounts for 75% of all the state’s current cases. 

Three long-term care facilities have residents with COVID-19 in Ingham County, including three cases at Burcham Hills, two at Ingham County Medical Facility and two at Vista Springs Edgewood. Prior reports with cases at MediLodge of Okemos are inaccurate, officials said. 

State records show two cases at Regency at Lansing West in Eaton County. And about a week ago, Gunnisonville Meadows Senior Assisted Living reported a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases in Clinton County — including 17 residents and two staff members. Four residents died.  

No new cases have been reported there since. And while residents or staff are currently asymptomatic, the facility remains closed to all but essential staff and existing residents. The employees who tested positive are fully recovered and have returned to work. Residents who had tested positive were isolated in their rooms and are on the path to recovery, officials said.  

State reports also show that most hospitals in Greater Lansing likely have enough personal protective equipment to last at least three more weeks, reports the Lansing State Journal. At least one hospital also has no COVID-19 patients and plenty of open beds for new patients. 

Across Michigan’s prison system, the number of inmates confirmed to have the coronavirus is surging, reports the Detroit Free Press. At Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, 642 prisoners — or about 44% of the population — has the virus. Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson also reports at least 170 infected prisoners and at least 70 more cases among staff. 

State Sen. Dale Zorn (R-Ida) denied wearing a face mask that depicts the Confederate flag during a vote at the Capitol on Friday, but has since apologized for his “choice of pattern,” according to reports from the Detroit Free Press. In a statement, he said he meant no offense.  

The Detroit News reports that Detroit Democrats unanimously passed a resolution today to formally censure State Rep. Karen Whitsett after she credited President Donald Trump with advocating for a drug — hydroxychloroquine — that she claims to have cured her of COVID-19.  

And a federal judge rejected this morning a state request to suspend an order that allows candidates running for elected office in Michigan amid the pandemic to submit only half the normally required signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to reports in the Detroit News. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also extended portions of Michigan’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order yesterday through May 15, reducing some restrictions on businesses previously declared to be nonessential and ramping up precautions involving face masks and social distancing.  

Her new order requires residents to wear homemade face coverings in enclosed public spaces starting Monday, lifts some restrictions on outdoor activities — like golf and motorboating — and allows some workers who performed previously suspended activities to get back to work quickly.  

Read more about the recent executive changes and face mask precautions from City Pulse. 

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Butterflygirl1

"but it was a relatively slow day for the coronavirus across Greater Lansing"

This reporter definitely shouldn't be working 7 days a week. That sentence alone should have been edited or omitted.

Sunday, April 26

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