Governor Whitmer’s Attorney, Assistant Solicitor General Christopher Allen says, “Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is attempting to build a constitutional crisis atop a public health crisis by challenging Whitmer’s emergency authority during the coronavirus pandemic.” Whitmer has vowed to veto any legislation designed to limit her emergency powers. While the Legislature can override a governor’s veto with a two-thirds majority vote, it is unlikely because Republicans don’t hold a supermajority in either the house or senate.
Officials are preparing for another planned protest in Lansing this Thursday. Republican State Senate Majority Leader, Mike Shirkey, denounced threats against Governor Whitmer and said “anyone brandishing firearms in such a way as to intimidate or threaten anyone else should be properly handcuffed, properly taken in and fingerprinted.” The group organizing the protest, Michigan United for Liberty, is calling the planned protest “Judgement Day.” The group’s co-founder Erica Pettinaro said, “while recognizing the 2nd Amendment right of protesters people do look at it as intimidating, even some of our members are turned off. It is our constitutional right, so we can’t stop people. But at the same time, we just want things to be peaceful.” State Police will be standing by for the duration of the planned protest.
The Big-3 automakers closed their plants in late March, and are scheduled to restart production next week. General Motors is predicting they will be back to full production in about four weeks. Philip Kienle, GM Vice President of North American manufacturing said, “Ideally, in a perfect world, by around June 15 all of our facilities would be operating at their original capacity.” Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motors have not yet committed to a timeline when they will also be at full production.
Officials from the Archdiocese of Detroit have announced that they plan on resuming public Masses as early as next week. Archbishop Allen Vigneron was quoted in a letter to worshipers, “In keeping with this gradual reopening of our society, it is necessary that we make similar arrangements within our local Church to allow once again for the communal celebration of Holy Mass, which at its core is the most ‘essential’ activity known to our world.” Governor Whitmer’s orders do not explicitly allow religious services, however they do exempt places of worship from penalties attached to violations on her ban gatherings. The governor’s office has not yet responded to news of the Detroit Archdiocese’ plans.
There have been plenty of misleading or untrue statements from both sides of the aisle in Michigan concerning COVID-19. These ‘misstatements’ can inflame already heightened passions. Here are some of those claims. 1) Many of the hospitals in our rural areas actually are at capacity. 2) Dr. Khaldun said Michigan will likely be restricted under Emergency Declarations well into 2021. 3) Michigan protests at the capitol might have sparked COVID-19 outbreaks in rural areas. 4) Cases in some counties in western and northern Michigan are now doubled every 6 days or faster. 5) Republicans have declared “mission accomplished” in the fight against the coronavirus. Click here to read the full article.
Health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic have some airports looking into the idea of requiring an “immunity passport” and checking passenger’s temperatures. While none of this has been officially announced as a standard operating procedure, the logistics of requiring temperature checks and documents showing a passenger’s health status could create problems and many long lines. For now though, airports like Detroit Metro Airport remain eerily quiet.
Top health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, testified before a Senate committee yesterday (5/12). Many of the questions were focused on what the situation will look like come fall. Dr. Fauci made it clear that he doesn’t believe the coronavirus is going away, and will eventually return. He also made it clear that the chances there will be a vaccine by the time school starts is unlikely. Health officials stressed the matter of being prepared for a 2nd wave with expanded testing abilities in order to suppress another outbreak.
On a radio interview with 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning Show, Governor Whitmer said, “we have to measure expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.” The governor has cast doubts on having a stadium full of fans while Michigan is opening businesses in phases. The MLB, NHL, and NFL are exploring various ways to start and finish their seasons.
If you had an earlier mystery virus accompanied with some COVID-19 symptoms, antibody blood tests are readily available to see if that illness was in-fact the coronavirus. All Beaumont Urgent Care centers are offering the antibody test, and you don’t need a prescription. However it is still unclear if having COVID-19 antibodies in your blood make you immune to the virus.
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 7,784 cases in the county, and 872 deaths.
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