Restaurants can only fill up to half capacity, servers will be wearing masks, and groups will have to remain at least six feet apart; but today marks the day that Michiganders across the state can dine in at restaurants again. The Stage Deli in West Bloomfield is opening today with an outside kiosk for guests to request a table, and a new layout to encourage social distancing. Owner Steve Goldberg says, “I work here. My children work here. I’m concerned about their safety and my employees. On the other hand, I’m excited. Let’s get back to work. It’s been long enough.” It has been nearly three months since restaurants have only been allowed to provide curbside and carryout service.
On Friday (6/5) Michigan froze nearly 340,000 unemployment benefits accounts, blocking assistance for jobless residents while they investigate increasing reports of fraudulent activity within the system. The director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Jeff Dononfrio says, “Unfortunately, because of this criminal activity, some of those folks are experiencing additional delays.” He noted that unemployment fraud is becoming a national issue.
Nursing homes have accounted for at least 25% of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan. Latest inspections reports are showing that many facilities were not prepared for the pandemic; including staff using raincoats as PPE, failed isolation of infected patients, and staff calling in sick. According to reports, at least 27 nursing homes across the state had 60 or more residents with COVID-19; 83 facilities had 30 or more. Nearly three dozen nursing home facilities have yet to officially submit data. Please click here to read more about this issue.
Governor Whitmer announced at the end of last week that personal care services like hair salons, tanning salons, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors will be allowed to open their doors again on June 15. Over 30 counties in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will enter Phase-5 in two more days. Movie theaters, fitness centers, and salons can reopen. Capacity limits will also be expanded. Please click here to read more about state reopenings.
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 8,455 cases in the county, and 1,014 deaths. The entire state of Michigan reported only 121 new cases and just 4 more new deaths as of yesterday (6/7).
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