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This southwestern town rapidly saw 64 cases and multiple deaths. Health officials believe it’s spreading at funerals.

MICHIGAN — Coronavirus has hit all but a few of Michigan’s 83 counties. People have now died in nearly half of Michigan’s counties. Rural areas present a set of different problems than found in Metro Detroit.

Here’s the latest on how rural areas are coping:


Berrien County health officials in southwestern Michigan believe funerals attended by many people have fueled coronavirus cases there, although the governor has greatly limited the size of gatherings with her stay-at-home order. The county has at least 64 cases and two deaths.


Going to the western Upper Peninsula? A health department that covers five counties has noticed an influx of people and is concerned about the possibility of a “substantial strain” on services. The health agency recommends a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from hot spots.

“Many rural communities may not be equipped with personnel, supplies or resources for a surge in population,” the department said.


The person with groceries might have a badge. State troopers in an Upper Peninsula community have volunteered to drop off food ordered from Jack’s Fresh Market in Manistique.

“Any little bit we can do to help the community get through this, we’re willing to go that extra mile,” Sgt. Mark Giannunzio told WLUC-TV.