State Representative Luke Merrman is calling for the removal of the top boss at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, and technology to be upgraded. Thousands of Michiganders are having issues collecting unemployment benefits during the pandemic. House and Senate offices have been slammed with calls and emails from their constituents seeking help with the issue. Rep. Merrman says, “Beyond leadership changes, a technology investment should be made that would prepare the system for future spikes in demand.”
Local Channel 4 took a tour of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, and Beaumont wants to convey the message that people shouldn’t be afraid to go to the hospital. Social distancing measures are in place, and health monitoring stations are at entrance ways. Hand sanitizer stations can be found everywhere, food court tables have been removed, and checking into the ER has more safety protocols where COVID-19 patients are directed into a different direction than non-coronavirus patients.
The World Health Organization made a statement on Monday (6/8) that it appears to be rare to have an asymptomatic person transmit COVID-19. This statement contradicts CDC guidance, leading to the WHO walking back on the statement the following day. It is well accepted that a fairly significant percentage of infected people can spread the virus when they do not have symptoms.
Many events and day camps that children look forward to during the summer months have been canceled due to the pandemic. Clinical psychologist Donna Rockwell says, “What we need to do is normalize that feeling of disappointment and let the parents know that their main job is to stay calm.” Rockwell advises for parents to help their children set reasonable expectations, and not to dwell on past events that could make your child feel depressed.
Demands for PPE remains steady as larger segments of Michigan’s economy begins to reopen, even as cases are dwindling. Many local companies who have been manufacturing and providing PPE during the shutdown are calling for Michigan health systems to keep buying domestically produced protective equipment. Purchasing PPE from domestic companies offers more control, creates jobs, and can mitigate some risks of buying globally on a “just-in-time” basis. Please click here to read more.
Starbucks is expecting to lose nearly $3 billion in revenues during its fiscal third quarter due to the coronavrius. They hope this loss will subside through the remainder of the year. CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in an open letter, “The Starbucks brand is resilient, customer affinity is strong and we believe the most difficult period is now behind us.” While they had to shutdown their stores at the height of the pandemic, nearly 95% of their U.S. company-run stores are now open with varying levels of services. Please click here to read more.
Visit the Oakland County website to view updated numbers on how your area has been affected by COVID-19. You can search the interactive map by clicking on your location, or typing in your zip code. Recent data shows a total of 8,487 cases in the county, and 1,015 deaths.
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