The number of people infected by the COVID-19 pandemic over in Michigan continues to swell by the day, with the latest tally at 37,203. This indicates a significant increase since Friday. Of the 562 cases reported since Friday, 189 people died.
With this alarming development, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-60 to check the alarming rise of Michigan consumers affected by the coronavirus. That includes the temporary suspension of licensing requirements and regulations for businesses in the food industry to reduce exposure, Michigan.gov reported.
The average age of people dying from COVID-19 over in Michigan is 74.3 years old. Of the confirmed cases, 54 percent are female, 45 percent are male and 1 percent remain unknown. Men account for 55 percent of the deaths.
“While Michiganders fight this virus, we must continue to take aggressive action to reduce exposure and prevent a second spike in cases,” Governor Whitmer said. “This is not the time to slow our efforts; we must continue to be smart. By establishing these guidelines, we can protect Michigan families and our frontline workers. When we come together, we can slow the spread of this virus and save lives.”
It was not detailed where the new infections came from. Regardless, a potential area where the virus could be originating are from businesses open during the pandemic. Hence, new guidelines have been enforced on groceries and pharmacies – two areas that are likely to draw crowds.
Groceries and pharmacies need to be open at least two hours a week for shoppers to purchase their essential needs. As for employees who may test positive for COVD-19, proper information dissemination to co-employees must be done without infringing of the private personal-health related information of the affected employee.
Similar to what is being asked from customers, employees are also encouraged to wear the necessary protective gear to avoid contracting the virus. Social distancing needs to be strictly enforced and business owners are encouraged to properly screen their employees’ health. Sick employees should not be at work. To properly monitor this, a daily screen program is recommended.
In a previous report from Michigan.gov, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services expanded its testing criteria. However, this means that any local displaying mild symptoms or any essential worker still reporting to work in person, whether symptomatic or not, is eligible to get a test for as long as it comes with an order from a healthcare provider. Tests are free for most.
“If you meet the testing criteria, and you’re told you don’t need a test or one isn’t available, it may mean that test site does not have the supplies needed to test. We encourage you to visit the online test site locator and call the nearest site regarding next steps,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said.