``While we know there are no words that can lessen this family's
grief and our community's loss and fears, his death is an urgent
reminder to all of us,`` Washtenaw County Health Officer
Jimena Loveluck said in the release. ``We must act now and
act together to protect everyone's health to the greatest degree
The Washtenaw County death was in addition to two men, one from
Macomb County and one from Kent County, who died from
complications due to the coronavirus.
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Saturday
night that a 52-year-old man with underlying health conditions
died at a hospital in Clinton Township. Hackel said this is the
county's first coronavirus-related death, and 121 cases have
been identified in the county.
Officials also said that a 1-month-old and a 100-year-old are
among the most recent positive tests in Macomb County.
In Kent County, the local health department released a statement
that confirmed the death of a 71-year-old man, also with
underlying health conditions.
Officials announced earlier Saturday that two Detroit-area women
in the 90s also died from complications of COVID-19. An
additional 238 cases statewide were reported Saturday by
Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also signed an executive order
Saturday that closes ``non-essential personal care services''
for three weeks. The services include nail and hair salons,
tattoo and piercing shops, and spas, as well as other services
that ``require individuals to be within 6 feet of each other.''
The order goes into effect Sunday and runs through April 13.
The statewide order comes after health officials in Oakland
County issued emergency orders Saturday closing all shopping
malls and banning adults and children from using playground
equipment to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus.
Shopping malls had to close by noon Saturday. By Monday, child
care centers in the county must develop and implement daily
screenings of children, staff, parents and visitors for symptoms
of the virus.
The county's orders are in place until April 17 and additional
steps are being considered, according to County Executive David
Meanwhile, hospital officials are concerned about shortages of
equipment as the number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused
by the virus, increase.
Henry Ford Health System
reported 120 positive COVID-19 cases by 9 a.m. Saturday at four
of its hospitals. Patients currently in the system's hospitals,
those being admitted to the through emergency rooms and hospital
health care workers were receiving priority for in-house
But supplies, like respirators, were dwindling.
``We can't really predict how long the increase in demand (for
supplies) will last,'' said Dr. Betty Chu, Henry Ford
Health System's associate chief clinical officer and chief
quality officer. ``We've really reduced the amount of
non-time-sensitive surgeries and procedures. That has allowed us
to go internally and find those resources.``
Beaumont Health has tested close to 4,000 people for COVID-19.
Of that number, 415 tested positive, while about 1,200 tests
came back negative for the virus. The remaining tests are
``We're ramping up our efforts to care for more patients at all
our hospitals,'' said Susan Grant, Beaumont Health's chief
nursing officer and executive vice president. ``As we
anticipated, the number of cases we're seeing and treating is
growing by the day.``
For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate
symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older
adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause
more severe illness, including pneumonia.
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