The statewide number of confirmed virus cases reached at least
50,504, compared to 50,079 reported Friday. More than 28,000
people have recovered.
The number of Michigan deaths from COVID-19 stands at 4,880.
The Corrections Department
said 28,124 prisoners have been tested, with half the results
still pending. Nearly 2,300 have tested positive for the virus,
and 55 prisoners have died.
In Detroit, 44 people died in the past seven days, compared to
67 in the previous seven-day period, health officer Denise Fair
``Our overall week-to-week trend is continuing in the right
direction. ... I applaud the unwavering spirit of Detroiters who
are taking this crisis seriously by wearing their mask, social
distancing and other precautions to beat COVID-19 in our
community,'' Fair said.
In western Michigan, a 10-day summer tradition won't be held in
July. It would have been the 105th Ionia Free Fair, which
draws people far beyond Ionia County.
``Even if all current restrictions were lifted, we struggled
with the fact that the fair would have to take into account some
sense of social distancing, and then the question of how to
ensure that all the rides were being properly disinfected on a
regular basis,`` said fair board president Lisa Sanford.
No oil change but virus test available at old Sears site
LANSING, May 16, 2020 (AP): Nasal swabs, not wheel alignments,
will be performed at a former Sears auto repair shop in Lansing.
Sparrow Health System
is opening a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in the vehicle
bays. Sears closed earlier this year at Frandor Mall.
``This is just a godsend,'' Sparrow chief executive James Dover
told the Lansing State Journal.
Starting Monday, people can drive up and be tested for the
coronavirus or tested to see if they were already infected and
have antibodies. No one needs to leave a vehicle, and health
staff are protected from the weather.
Sparrow can also take other routine blood samples.
A doctor's order isn't necessary but would make the process
faster, Dover said.
People can provide insurance information or pay immediately.
Antibody testing is $50, and the nasal swab is $70.
Sparrow's lab can run between 1,200 and 1,600 tests a day, said
lab director Jon Baker.
New virus deaths in Michigan down; zero reported in Detroit
DETROIT, May 17, 2020 (AP): The Michigan health department said
Sunday that 11 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Michigan
overall, though no new deaths were registered in Detroit for the
The number of recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the state since
the coronavirus pandemic began stands at 4,891.
The Detroit News reported that the 11 deaths reported on Sunday
is the lowest daily toll for Michigan since March 24. The 11 new
deaths recorded in Michigan is down from the 55 reported on
Detroit's death toll stands at 1,257, with 22 new cases
The city's chief public health officer, Denise Fair,
called the figures for Detroit ``encouraging'' but ``subject to
``We strongly encourage residents to continue taking precautions
to protect against the virus until the threat of infection has
passed,'' Fair said.
Statewide, 638 new cases were reported Sunday, bringing the
total number of cases since the pandemic began to 51,142, the
state figures indicate.
The zero deaths for Detroit may partly be explained by delayed
reporting, though the number of deaths in the city has been
trending down in recent days.
Some deaths reported on one day could have occurred days before.
Certain information takes time to get recorded as records are
reviewed and then matched.