Governor Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun both noted that more regions of the state will likely reopen in the coming days. Secretary of State branch offices will open today (6/1) by appointment. Workers will have to follow strict safety protocols, and doors will stay locked unless it is your scheduled appointment time. Malls have reopened across Metro Detroit, however business was fairly light as most shops are still closed.
People with serious medical conditions have been avoiding going to emergency rooms due to COVID-19 fears. Doctors however are saying this is not the right perception of ER centers currently, including Metro Detroit. Dr. Dave Donaldson, vice chief at Troy Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center says, “It’s a birg problem. We’re seeing people stay at home with serious issues like heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis, things like that. They’re staying home. They’re not coming in.” Please click here to read more about the current status of ER centers across the area.
Governor Whitmer has been called to testify before the US House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations tomorrow June 2 at 11:30 A.M. The hearing is titled “On the Front Lines: How Governors are Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The hearing will be remote via Cisco Webex. The hearing will also include Governor Polis of Colorado, and Governor Hutchinson of Arkansas.
The US Department of Justice announced that it is backing a lawsuit against Governor Whitmer, arguing she “imposed arbitrary and irrational limits” on businesses to fight COVID-19. On the lawsuit Whitmer said, “It is crystal clear that this challenge is coming directly from the White House, which is ignoring the risk of a second wave of the virus and pushing too quickly to roll back public health guidelines.” Please click here to read more.
Michigan Medicine is asking COVID-19 survivors and patients to donate blood for new research projects at the University of Michigan and beyond. Over 17,000 samples from 800 COVID-19 patients have been donated already. Participants must be willing to donate six teaspoons of blood, the must be 18 years or older, and must have (or currently are) recovered from COVID-19. For more information please visit this University of Michigan website.
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 8,319 cases in the county, and 983 deaths.
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