Another protest is planned for today (4/14), however this time the Legislature will not be in session and the Capitol Building will be closed. The purpose of the protest, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, is apparently to defend Michigan residents’ “freedom and prosperity.” Michigan United for Liberty is also protesting Governor Whitmer’s executive orders, which they’ve labeled “unconstitutional and destructive.” Michigan State Police have been patrolling the area since yesterday evening, and will be on site to monitor the protests today.
According to a review of online activity and public records by Bridge Magazine, the Michigan United for Liberty protest group has deep ties to the anti-vaxx and medical freedom movement. Mark Navin, an associate professor of bioethics at Oakland University, is not surprised by the anti-vaccination activists. Navin said this on anti-vaxx activists, “they are committed to an idea about freedom that is indifferent largely to the risks one’s free choices impose on other people. I am critical of them, but to be fair, they’re giving voice to a conception of freedom that’s widely held.” Click here to read the full article.
According to the director of the state’s UIA, Steve Gray, over one-third of Michigan’s workforce has entered unemployment since March 15. That number represents nearly 1.7 million workers. Gray reported to legislators at the Michigan Joint Select Committee on COVID-19, that 92% of those 1.7 million have received payments. However that still leaves over 130,000 Michigan workers waiting for approval. The massive influx of unemployment applications have exposed flaws in the UIA system, causing Gray and extra staff to work 7 days a week as the UIA cuts out some red tape and tries to expedite the process.
The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a $508.7 million stimulus bill on Wednesday (4/13). The relief funds are designed to support child care, wages fro front-line workers, unemployment benefits administration, testing supplies and more during the pandemic. Please click here to read more about how these CARES Act funds are planning on being used.
Owosso Barber Karl Manke’s license has now been suspended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Karl opened his shop on May 4, in opposition to Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. His shop drew large lines, and while Karl claimed to be keeping the shop safe with PPE and hand sanitizer, various news outlets have posted videos of individuals crowding near Manke’s shop without proper protecting and in close proximity. Manke has been in a protracted battle with the Michigan Attorney General’s office by refusing to close shop.
Doctors across Michigan and the country are warning of a syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome affecting children, that is its own disorder, linked to COVID-19. Dr. Elizabeth Lloyd, a clinical assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases says, “We suspect there’s something that’s triggering the immune system to overreact and cause widespread inflammation.” More than 20 children have been treated at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit for this new syndrome. Symptoms include fever, rash, cracked lips, bright red tongue, irritated eyes, swollen lymph nodes, stomach pain, unusual swelling of peeling on the hands and feet, and diarrhea or vomiting.
Mahindra and Mahrinda Limited’s plant in Auburn hills is gearing up to restart vehicle assembly. They never fully shutdown, as they switched to manufacturing PPE, however they are now planning on resuming normal operations on Monday (5/18). New safety protocols are in place which include temperature checks. The plant plans on bringing employees back in phases.
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 7,830 cases in the county, and 874 deaths.