Governor Whitmer is concerned with a protest planned for this Thursday (5/14) at the capitol building, and is asking those who choose to demonstrate to wear a mask and stay six feet apart from others. Earlier protests against Governor Whitmer caught national attention when some protesters brought firearms to the demonstration. The governor’s office fears a comeback “2nd wave” of COVID-19. More aggressive testing and contact tracing are in the works.
Republican State Sentator, Wayne Schmidt chair of the Senate K12 Appropriations Subcommittee, says to prepare for the worst budget in decades. A possible cut of nearly $2,000 from the roughly $8,000 schools receive per enrolled student could be made. Schmidt says, “We’re looking at cuts of 10 to 30 percent.” The projected cuts are still preliminary. The most recent largest one-year decrease was in 2011, when a 7% cut was made.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is implementing an enhanced program of safety and health measures in preparation for resuming production. FCA plans on using similar programs in American plants that were used by their plants in Italy and China. This includes daily health risk assessments, daily cleaning schedules for more than 57 million square feet of production floor, PPE for staff, the installation of imaging cameras, Plexiglas partitions, and temperature checks.
BlueWillow Biologics, out of Ann Arbor, announced that laboratory studies with Public Health England show that their antiseptic has the ability to kill COVID-19. The Michigan bio-pharmaceutical company is now putting their product, NanoBio Protect, over the counter. The CDC and FDA have not conducted trials that this antiseptic nasal spray can kill COVID-19, and BlueWillow is stressing that it’s not a cure. However tests done in England are apparently showing that NanoBio Protect does have the ability to kill the virus. BlueWillow believes it should be used in conjunction as “part of a total program to prevent infection.”
Restaurant owners are worried about time running out on their business, and if customers will come back to dining. Many restaurants have already closed their doors permanently, making fewer choices for dining options when the doors do open up. Plenty of restaurants have fought to remain open by taking advantage of carryout and curbside services. Rich Studley, of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, is saying the problem is simply a loss of income.
Karl Manke, the 77 year old barber from Owosso, made national headlines by opening his shop and defying the stay-at-home order. He has already received two misdemeanor tickets, yet Manke landed a legal victory last night (4/11) when a judge rejected a request for a temporary restraining order, which would’ve essentially shut down Manke’s barbershop without a hearing first. Karl Manke is not out of the woods just yet, as the Michigan Attorney General’s office is seeking to schedule a hearing as soon as possible.
For the past 28 years downtown Detroit has held an annual Race for the Cure event to help raise funds in the battle against cancer. This isn’t happening this year due to COVID-19, so the event is going virtual. Now dubbed “Pink It Out,” the new program is planning virtual activities every Monday this month. Usually the race draws nearly 10,000 participants, and raised nearly $600,000 last year. Organizers are now expecting at $400,000 gap, which Pink It Out is hoping to help close.
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 7,752 cases in the county, and 849 deaths. This makes only 16 new cases and 6 deaths throughout the county in the past 24+ hours.
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