NEW (Posted Afternoon of March 27):
New numbers released by the State of Michigan show that total deaths from COVID-19 are now at 92. That's a 53% increase in deaths in one day. (On Thursday, March 26th, deaths were at 60.)
Total cases are up 28% in one day. Today there are 3,657 cases. That's up from 2,856 Thursday.
Berrien County has 18 cases, Cass County has 1, Van Buren County has 3 and St. Joseph County still has none reported.
Detroit has 1,000+ cases.
The global coronavirus pandemic has brought water shutoffs in Detroit and communities across the nation into sharp focus at a crucial time when officials are urging Americans to practice basic hand-washing techniques to stop the spread.
Water advocates and elected officials argue it’s impossible for families to follow the hygienic standards outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization when they don’t have water in their homes.
Members of Congress and national organizations are pushing for federal legislation and action to protect residents facing high water bills and shutoffs amid the crisis.