Michigan: 280 Detroit Police Officers Off Work Due To COVID-19, Detroit Hospital Almost At Capacity

Mar 24, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (left) issued a 'stay-at-home' order March 23, 2020.

New information released by the State of Michigan indicates there are now 2,295 cases of COVID-19 and 43 deaths. That's up from 1,791 cases and 24 deaths as of Tuesday, March 24th. Berrien County has 10 cases.

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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police captain has become the second member of the department to die of complications from the coronavirus.

Police Chief James Craig said Tuesday that the captain was in his 50s. He was not believed to have any underlying health issues.

A 38-year-old civilian call taker in the police department’s 911 center died Monday morning.

The police department said Wednesday that nine officers have been confirmed with COVID-19.

As of Monday, more than 280 Detroit officers were off work awaiting test results or self-quarantining.

As of Tuesday, nearly 1,800 people had tested positive in Michigan for the coronavirus. At least 24 people had died.

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Michigan is now reporting 1,791 cases of COVID-19 statewide. The state is reporting  24 deaths. Berrien County now has 8 cases. St. Joseph County (MI) and Cass County so far, have no reported cases. The majority of the cases are in the Detroit metro and suburban areas. 

See the latest numbers here. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that a Detroit-area hospital system is “almost at capacity” treating people with the coronavirus.

The news came Tuesday as the state's stay-at-home order kicked in to reduce the spread. The governor told WDET-FM that Beaumont Health, which has eight hospitals in Wayne and Oakland counties, is near capacity and “we have not seen the worse of it yet.”

Whitmer has barred employers from requiring workers to leave their homes unless necessary to protect life or conduct minimum basic operations.

There are exceptions, including grocery stores.

Nearly 1,800 people have tested positive in Michigan for the coronavirus. At least 24 have died.