Wayne County’s Coronavirus Update – Mar. 24

Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the state-wide “Stay Home-Stay Safe” Executive Order. The Order is a more aggressive tactic for combatting the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

According to a Press Release by the City of Dearborn, people can still go outside and travel throughout their community. The release states that you can:

  • Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
  • Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running and biking.
  • Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the state.
  • Leave the state for a home or residence elsewhere.
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.

The release also states that you may not:

  • Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
  • Participate in any public gatherings.
  • Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential facilities (with limited exceptions).
  • Go to the mall or to a restaurant.

The executive order has also put new restrictions on businesses for the purpose of minimizing the risk of spread among workers. Those restrictions ask businesses to:

  • Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
  • Restrict the number of workers present in-person on the job.
  • Keep employees at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible and enabling social distancing for customers who are standing in line.
  • Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans will be announcing new measures later this week. The measures are being created in order to help protect businesses during the Coronavirus Crisis.

As of today, Mar. 24, there are 630 active cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County, according to John’s Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Resource Center also stated that eight deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Wayne County.