DETROIT – A Michigan lawmaker presented a plan on Thursday to limit the governor’s powers during states of emergency, one day after thousands of people protested the order to stay at the house of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Map containing internal COVID-19 Oakland County data leaked in error
Oakland County officials said a map containing internal coronavirus data (COVID-19) was released in error on Tuesday evening.
Officials said the card contained positive information about COVID-19 cases, such as gender, race, age, address and death status.
Michigan lawmaker outlines plan to limit governor’s powers
Michigan official Jason Sheppard (R-Monroe) presented a plan on Thursday that he said would limit the governor’s powers during states of emergency.
Sheppard described Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay order as an excess of authority, saying it was restrictive and held “Michigan residents hostage in their homes.”
Letter to cease and desist from the Detroit apartment in an attempt to illegally evict seniors
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a cease and desist letter to a Detroit apartment complex on Thursday, threatening to fire tenants during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Officials say the company overseeing the Jeffersonian apartments was threatening to evict tenants who were behind on rent. Nessel said that many of these tenants are seniors.
Sinai-Grace will receive help from local and state levels
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said state intervenes to help Detroit Sinai-Grace Hospital
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The assistance comes after photos of how the bodies of COVD-19 victims were stored and stacked.
Death toll reaches 2093
Number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan increased to 29,263 from Thursday, including 2,093 deaths, state officials report.
The number is up from 28,059 confirmed cases and 1,921 deaths on Wednesday.
The official recovery rate is 433.
Henry Ford Health: 1,317 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in the past 30 days
Health system officials Henry Ford report that 1,317 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged in the past month, while 617 others are still hospitalized.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, 43 other patients had been released since Wednesday morning.
1,040,000 Michigan residents have applied for unemployment since the start of the pandemic
More than one million Michigan residents have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.
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The number of unemployed in Michigan is worse than during the 2009 recession.
Whitmer and Midwest Governors Partner to Plan Reopening of Regional Economy
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is partnering with governors in the Midwest on a plan to reopen the region’s economy amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Governors Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), JB Pritzker (IL), Eric Holcomb (IN) and Andy Beshear (KY) have announced that they will be working in close collaboration coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region. Read their joint statement here.
Oakland County Launches First COVID-19 Car Test Site
Oakland County opens its first COVID-19 driving test site on Pontiac County main campus on Thursday.
Tests are by appointment only and produced through the Nurse on Call hotline of the Health Division, 800-848-5533.
National Cherry Festival canceled for 2020
The National Cherry Festival postpones its annual event in Traverse City until July 2021 due to coronavirus problems. The annual festival normally takes place from late June to early July and includes musical performances, family activities and, of course, cherries.
PGA Tour: Detroit’s Rocket Mortgage Classic scheduled for July
The PGA Tour announced Thursday that this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club is scheduled for July 2-5.
The PGA said it plans to resume play in 2020 with the first four events, including the Rocket Mortgage Classic, closed to the general public, but will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations from local and state authorities to determine the most appropriate on-site access in each market.
Explore Michigan virtually
How about good news?
As you move away from society, you can explore Michigan virtually.
The #VirtualPureMichigan campaign will include live cameras showing places like Traverse City, Holland and Frankenmuth, as well as virtual tours of museums and other related educational experiences.
It is believed that the virus is mainly spread from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within a radius of about 6 feet).
- By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- Spread is possible before people have symptoms. People who have no symptoms can still carry the virus and can spread it to others.
Propagation of contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object on which the virus is located and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not the primary method used by the virus spreads.
The ease with which the virus spreads
The ease with which a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the gap is sustained, continuously expanding without stopping.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or cleaning cloth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare professional immediately.
Question about the coronavirus? Ask Dr. McGeorge here.
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