The two biggest announcements made during Governor Whitmer’s press conference were the reopening of manufacturing in Michigan, and an extension to the stay-at-home order until May 28. Manufacturing is a big step forward, and includes the big-3 automakers. They can begin working on Monday May, 11 while adhering to strict safety protocols to limit community spread.
Along with announcing that manufacturing businesses can open again, and an extension to the stay-at-home order, Governor Whitmer revealed 6 stages of her plan to stop the spread of COVID-19 and fully reopen the state. We are currently in the third phase, “flattening.” The next phases are improving, containing, and post-pandemic. Click here to get details on all 6 stages.
Donna Arm, a 68 year old grandmother of eight and great grandmother of four will be discharged from the hospital this weekend after undergoing a heart transplant on April 25. Henry Ford Hospital suspended transplants on March 14 so as to not expose patients to COVID-19. Donna Arm’s heart operation is the first transplant surgery since that suspension. She is expected to be home in time to celebrate Mother’s Day.
One of the largest clinical trials in the country is happening in southeast Michigan, to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. However after a 3,000-person Detroit trial, reports are shedding doubt on the drug’s effectiveness and safety. Preliminary reviews show serious concerns that the drug may cause higher death rates, and patients were no less likely to end up on ventilators.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced that the first human trials are underway for a potential COVID-19 vaccine called BNT162. Trials were conducted in Germany last week, however the vaccine is being manufactured in Kalamazoo Michigan. Governor Whitmer also announced the first dosing treatments and manufacturing of BNT162 in her press conference yesterday (5/7).
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 7,624 cases in the county, and 789 deaths.
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