Thousands of workers for the Big Three auto manufacturers are lining up to start work today. All three auto manufacturers have engaged various programs to help limit the possibility of COVID-19 exposure. Those include social distancing, temperature checks, daily assessments, dedicated entry sites and more. President Donald Trump also announced that he will be visiting the Ford plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday.
According to the New York Times, Michigan is joined by Washington D.C and Puerto Rico in maintaining most of their COVID-19 restrictions. Neighboring states Ohio and Wisconsin have ended their stay-at-home orders. Republicans and other business leaders have called on the governor to open regions without heavy caseloads. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun announced last week that the rate of increase in new cases has fallen 25%.
The Michigan Court of Claims heard arguments from the GOP and Governor Whitmer’s Lawyers on the use of emergency powers on Friday (5/15). The hearing was conducted via ZOOM and broadcast live on YouTube. Michael Williams, representing the Michigan House and Senate, argued that governors have unchecked power if they don’t give the Legislature a say in when states of emergency end. Christopher Allen, representing Governor Whitmer, argued that the Legislature can influence policy by passing bills amid pandemics and that the case should be dismissed because the Legislature doesn’t have the legal standing to file suit. Judge Stephens told the lawyers that the case will likely “be on its way to my big bosses, the Supreme Court.”
Western Michigan University announced on Thursday (5/14) that it intends to bring students back to its Kalamazoo campus for fall semester. WMU President Edward Montgomery was quoted in a letter to staff, “With regard to the fall semester, it is our full intention to welcome students back to campus and be fully operating, assuming government directives and public health constraints beyond our control allow us to do so.” What campus life will look like amid the pandemic is still unclear.
BridgeMi has provided an updated list of what Michigan Colleges will be planning for fall semester amid the pandemic. Over the next few months it is expected that private colleges, public universities, and community colleges will unveil their plans. Please click here to read the current list for colleges in Michigan.
Officials on Sunday reported 638 new cases and 11 new deaths. This is the lowest death toll for the entire state since March 24, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 51,142 and 4,891 deaths. There has been a continued trend of declining cases and deaths over the last few weeks. Nearly half of the new cases reported over the weekend were through the Michigan Department of Corrections. MDOC spokesperson, Chris Gautz is saying the cases are due to a backlog of tests given to inmates, and not the result of an uptick in infections.
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 8,043 cases in the county, and 912 deaths.
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