Yesterday (4/27) Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced plans to extend Michigan’s state of emergency by 28 days, which is due to expire on Thursday (4/30). This is not the same as the state’s stay-at-home order, which was extended to May 15. The governor is looking for legislative bipartisan support in extending Michigan’s stat-of-emergency status.
The governor’s plan to open businesses will be data driven and regional. Workplaces that pose the least risk of COVID-19 transmission will be the first to open. This includes outdoor work and construction work. There is no official timeline posted for businesses to reopen, and businesses that do open will be subject to strict sanitation procedures, as well as provide PPE.
Michigan is starting to loosen restrictions on industries throughout the state. Whitmer is planning on allowing commercial and residential construction to start up again within a week or two. The governor is also taking a look at industrial and manufacturing sectors, as she hopes to reopen those businesses in the next phase of ramping down the stay-at-home order. Whitmer plans on taking a regional approach to reopening the state.
Michigan health Chief Dr. Khaldun says 331 nursing facilities have reported in with COVID-19 data. This represents about two-thirds of the total number of nursing homes in the state. The data includes 2,128 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in these facilities. Nearly 78% of the cases are located in southeast Michigan.
The Center for Disease Control has officially added 6 new symptoms for COVID-19. These include, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste/smell. Making these new symptoms official will allow more people to get tested.
Michigan State University has introduced a decontamination process that will allow the college to clean almost 15,000 masks each day in conjunction with the heating process for N95 masks. The decontamination process takes 6 hours, and is safe on non-N95 masks, goggles, face shields, and gowns.
A week after laying off 2,475 workers, Beaumont Health announced that emergency room doctors will take a pay cut and reduced hours in the wake of COVID-19. Beaumont reported millions of dollars in losses and has seen large drops in emergency visits. Elective surgeries have also been eliminated. Beaumont Health is not alone in this, as hospitals all over the state are suffering.
Republican lawmakers are saying that Whitmer’s plan to open the state isn’t fast enough. The governor announced that she is planning on restarting construction within a week or two, however Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is questioning why construction isn’t opening now. Shirkey wants to see “bolder” action in reopening the state. The Legislature is scheduled to meet today (4/28) and tomorrow.
The Michigan Department of Insurance Financial Services has created the MiMortgage Relief Partnership with over 200 of Michigan’s financial institutions. The state hopes the partnership will encourage uniformity with participating financial institutions for home owners. Click here to read the list of financial institutions involved with MiMortgage Relief Partnership.
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 6,908 cases in the county, 2,542 recoveries, and 629 deaths.
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