Updated: Apr 14, 2020
The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak in Metro Detroit
As of April 13, Michigan is reporting 25,635 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,602 deaths associated with the virus, according to the MDHHS. This makes it 3rd in the list of states for the most US Coronavirus cases. Confirmed cases have been reported in 75 out of 83 counties in the state
Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, that two people died in its emergency room hallway before they could be treated, CNN reported April 9. Health care workers there said they didn't feel supported with enough supplies or staff to address the situation.
On April 9, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order until April 30, according to a government statement. A disproportionately high number of COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths are people who are Black or African American. As of April 8, this group accounted for 33% of cases and 40% of deaths, according to the Michigan state government. But Black and African American people account for just 14.1% of the state's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. You can read more about this disparity in The Oakland Press.
The TFC Center downtown is being converted into a temporary hospital that can house 1,000 patients with COVID-19. It's expected to be up and running by April 10, Whitmer said April 6, reported by Detroit News.