Manufacturing workers in Michigan can return to work today (5/11), while the big three automakers don’t plan on resuming work until May 18. All businesses in the state, including manufactures, are required to provide masks for workers who can’t stay 6 feet apart. Facilities are required to train workers on coronavirus transmission and signs & symptoms of the virus. Dedicated entry points into work facilities are also required, as well as employee screening for COVID-19 and temperature checks once no-touch thermometers can be obtained.
An extension to the Oakland County emergency order requiring operations and businesses to implement screening and social distancing protocols has been issued through Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford. County Executive David Coulter was quoted on the matter, “These protocols protect employees and customers and they will reassure the public that every step is being taken to prevent a second spike of the virus as we shift to new phases of re-opening our economy.”
Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, announced that the nearly 900 state employee temporary lay off will be extended through another week with a possibility of a future extension. SOS Jocelyn Benson was quoted saying, “we will continue working on a plan to reopen branches and get our employees back to work as soon as we are safely able.” Nearly 60% of MDOS staff were temporarily laid off on April 22 due to COVID-19.
A major aspect of reopening the Michigan economy is government officials knowing who has COVID-19, and and who they could’ve spread it to. The federal government has set aside nearly $11 billion for states to run a variety of testing programs that will most likely equate to the largest contact tracing efforts in U.S. history. Contact tracing is essentially public health detective work, and such programs will require thousands of workers and volunteers. Concerns about invasions of privacy have been brought up, as such investigations require tracers to dig deep into people’s personal movements.
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) has released a “roadmap” to reopening, and restaurants are pushing Governor Whitmer to let them reopen for dine-in service on May 29. The President and CEO of MRLA, Justin Winslow, says nearly 20 restaurants per day are permanently going out of business due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click here to read the full MRLA roadmap.
Michigan is getting 40 out of 260 cases of the anti-viral drug Remdisivir to help treat patients with COVID-19. Each case contains 40 vials of the drug. The White House reported that Dr. Debroah Brix will be in charge of the distribution of the anti-viral drug. There has been some frustration from medical workers about the distribution of Remdisivir.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 25 deaths as of Sunday (5/10) afternoon; making it the lowest single-day report of deaths since March 29. Reports indicate a total of 46,756 cases, 4,526 deaths, and 22,686 recoveries in Michigan since the pandemic hit the state. Click here to get more information on state-wide coronavirus numbers.
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 7,736 cases in the county, and 843 deaths.
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