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Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter orders closure of all malls, playground equipment

Number of positive COVID-19 cases reaches 229
Posted at 10:31 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 17:52:11-04

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter has issued an order temporarily closing all malls and playgrounds in the county.

Coulter, alongside Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford and Thomas Hardesty of the county's Emergency Operations Center, discussed the county's first COVID-19 death and announced new measures aimed at protecting children and seniors.

Some of these protective measures included an emergency order closing all Oakland County malls by noon Saturday, as well as restricting use of playgrounds. Parks will remain open but all playground equipment will be off limits.

He also spoke about gaps in critical supplies necessary to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

There are currently 229 positive cases of coronavirus in Oakland County, as of March 21. The ages range from the youngest patient being a 7-month-old to the oldest at 92, officials said. Two people have died from coronavirus-related complications, and 42 people have been hospitalized.

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According to Hardesty, people will not be arrested for violating the restrictions but are encouraged to comply to prevent the spread of the virus.

Coulter stated he expects the number of cases to increase.

The conference was held at the L. Brooks Patterson Building Conference Center in Waterford.