Governor Whitmer’s Stay-at-Home order was set to expire on May 28. It has been extended several times, and now it has been extended through June 12. Whitmer also signed an executive order to extend Michigan’s state of emergency declaration through June 19. Governor Whitmer won a legal victory over the Republican led Legislature lawsuit against her use of emergency powers. The Legislature has said it will appeal the Michigan Court of Claim’s dismissal.
Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, said that Michiganders deserve the data on daily recoveries from COVID-19. Currently the state health department only reports weekly recoveries. Chatfield said, “We need to know on a daily basis how many people are recovering because that will help us make more informed decisions. This is something that we have been seeking from the administrations. We’ve wanted additional data. We’ve wanted transparency.” Speaker Chatfield has offered to partner with the governor and added that if they need help tallying daily recovery numbers the legislature would be happy to provide it.
Local Channel 4’s, Dr. Frank McGeorge says if you’re outside in your own yard with family you don’t need to wear a mask. If you’re going for a run or walk and not going to be near any people then you also don’t need to wear a mask. However, even though COVID-19 dissipates faster outside, the more people you’re around the greater a risk it still poses. The more people there are, and the fewer masks you see, the greater the potential risk. Even if you’re outdoors, if you’re near a crowd you should be wearing a mask.
Large crowds and beautiful weather across the country over Memorial Day Weekend has health officials concerned. Michigan is still reporting hundreds of new cases per day, and those cases reflect what we were seeing nearly two weeks ago. Overcrowding areas and not adhering to social distancing, and not wearing a face cover can put you and others at risk.
The Centers of Disease Control has released some tough “guidelines” for schools to reopen in the fall. These include keeping students’ belongings separated, keeping buses at 25% capacity, keeping desks 6 feet apart, and face coverings for all students. The CDC received plenty of backlash on social media from parents due to these guidelines. Paula Herbart, head of the Michigan Education Association, expects to see COVID-19 guidelines in schools, however she says there simply isn’t enough space, buses, or staff to implement the CDC’s suggestions. It is important to note that the CDC’s guidelines are not requirements, they are recommendations.
World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, announced there will be a temporary pause on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial. This is the same malaria drug President Trump said he is taking. The WHO is also studying the anti-viral drug remdesivir, as well as an HIV combination therapy to help treat COVID-19.
Global shares rose Tuesday as hopes for economic recovery overshadowed worries over the pandemic. Germany’s DAX gained 0.6%. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.2%. France’s CAC 40 went up 1%. Dow insudstrials added 1.9%, and the future for the S&P 500 rose 1.8% Oanda trading platform analyst, Jeffrey Halley says, “even the slimmest of positive news on the COVID-19 front triggers a bullish immune response and another wave of the peak-virus trade.” Click here to check out more recent word market trends in the wake of COVID-19.
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 8,192 cases in the county, and 954 deaths.