Feds give Michigan $15.3M for coronavirus response


LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan is being sent more than $15.3 million from the federal government to respond to coronavirus.

The cash is coming from a $560 million chunk being distributed to multiple states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called a state of emergency after the state recorded its first two cases of coronavirus, both in southeast Michigan.

State officials on Wednesday afternoon held a press conference to discuss precautions people should take and organizations should consider to slow the spread of any illnesses. Among those were coughing into your arm rather than hand, washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, staying home if sick and considering canceling gatherings of 100 people or more.

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Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Corrections says it will be screening anyone entering prisons to prevent the potential spread of illness, asking staff, visitors, volunteers and contractors some questions about their health and possibly taking temperatures.

If visiting hours are canceled due to an outbreak in a community, prisoners will get more phone time or time to send electronic messages. The MDOC is also reviewing large gatherings like at training and graduations.

The MDOC said neither of the southeast Michigan cases have any link to the prison system.

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