NEW: Michigan Virus Cases Jump To 336, Including 3 Deaths

Mar 19, 2020

A nurse holds swabs and test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020.
Credit AP Photo/Paul Sancya

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has signed off on $20 million in grants and loans to thousands of small businesses harmed by the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in the state has risen dramatically to 336, including three deaths.

The state health department says it's now able to combine numbers from its own lab with statistics from hospitals and private labs.

About 117,000 businesses were directly hit by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order to close or greatly limit service at bars, movie theaters, fitness centers and restaurants. Some could qualify for grants of up to $10,000.

 

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The state of Michigan has signed off on $20 million in grants and loans to small businesses harmed by the coronavirus.

At the same time, the numbers of cases and deaths tied to the outbreak are rising.

About 117,000 businesses were directly impacted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order to close or greatly limit service at bars, movie theaters, fitness centers and restaurants to prevent the spread of the virus.

Some could qualify for grants of up to $10,000. Meanwhile, meanwhile, reported two more deaths, raising the number to three in Michigan.