(WWJ) The number of coronavirus cases continues to climb in Michigan, with 1,791 cases now confirmed by state health officials. The state is also reporting that nine more people in Michigan have now died of COVID-19, for a total of 24 deaths.
A majority of confirmed cases of the virus are in metro Detroit; and Wayne County, especially the city of Detroit, and Oakland County remain the most hard-hit areas.
The new official total, released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday afternoon, includes 463 new cases.
This comes with a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now in effect statewide. The goal of the order, Whitmer said, is to slow the spread of the virus. The order — which runs until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. — bans gatherings of people not part of the same household. It also shuts down all non-essential businesses, although grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and banks remain open to the public. GET DETAILS HERE.