The latest coronavirus updates: Sunday, April 12, 2020

Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 18:05:47-04

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4:24 p.m.

On Sunday, the daily number of COVID-19 deaths and positive cases showed significant declines from the numbers reported the day before. However, Michigan health officials say these numbers may not represent a true decline in COVID-19 deaths and cases in the state.

Michigan health officials say a number of factors play into the recent drop, one being data reported over the weekend and the actual amount of lab tests being done during that time.

"Reported case counts may reflect a reduction in the amount of laboratory testing performed over the weekend and holiday," the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a release. "Single day fluctuations in the number of confirmed cases may not be significant, as a number of external factors can affect data reporting."

2:27 p.m.

There are now a total of 1,487 COVID-19 deaths and 24,638 confirmed cases in Michigan, according to data reported by the state of Michigan Sunday.

That's 95 more deaths reported from Saturday, which is significantly down from the 111 deaths reported the day before.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases are also decreasing, with just 645 being reported on Sunday, significantly lower than the 1,210 that were reported on Saturday.

2:15 p.m.

A post making its rounds on social media is giving misinformation about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's extended stay-at-home order.

The post, which was retweeted on Twitter over 4,000 times by Sunday afternoon, states that the executive order bans the purchase of child safety seats.

"By order of the State of Michigan, items in this 'non-essential' area are not available for purchase," read the notice, which appeared to be posted in Walmart.

Whitmer's office told 7 Action News that the post is "ridiculous misinformation."

"To be clear, the EO asks stores over 50K square feet to close down sections of their store to protect against unnecessary traffic, like garden centers, furniture, paint, carpet/flooring. Child car seats aren't in any of those categories," a spokesperson for the governor said in a statement.

10:39 a.m.

Henry Ford Health System has released 1,116 COVID-19 patients in the last 30 days, the company announced in its daily report Sunday.

Data collected by Henry Ford Health reports that 7,066 patients have tested negative for the virus, while 4,486 have tested positive. There are currently 642 patients admitted to Henry Ford Health System hospitals across southeast Michigan.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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