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Virus cases, deaths rise but at a slow pace, state reports

LANSING, May 16, 2020 (AP): Coronavirus cases grew by a small percentage while deaths increased by 55, the Michigan health department said Saturday.

The state noted that 19 of the deaths could have occurred days or weeks ago. Some information takes time to get recorded as records are reviewed and matched.

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 said Saturday.

``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 day.

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 Saturday.

Detroit's death toll stands at 1,257, with 22 new cases registered Sunday.

The city's chief public health officer, Denise Fair, called the figures for Detroit ``encouraging'' but ``subject to change.``

``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.




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