Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Stay-at-Home order until May 28. The state of Michigan has been slowly expanding the industries that are able to operate – with the necessary precautions – while retaining the need for a stay-at-home order. In a press conference today, Whitmer said that the State of Michigan is at the third part of a six-part effort. The parts are: exponential growth, persistent spread, flattening, improving, containing, and then post-pandemic.
The Governor also announced that manufacturing will be able to reopen this Monday, May 11. Auto Manufacturing will resume on May 18. According to Whitmer, this will reopen approximately 24% of Michigan’s economy, with 5% being essential services and 19% being manufacturing.
In another press conference today, Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan said that the TCF Hospital, which was built to house around 1,000 patients if needed, has officially been closed. The excess patient space is no longer needed as many estimate that the efforts to contain the spread of the virus have begun to yield promising results for Southeast Michigan.
A Sinai-Grace Hospital Nurse who protested what they saw as inadequate staffing by the Hospital during the height of the Coronavirus spread has been terminated. In an article published by the Detroit News, the Nurse said that they feel they were retaliated against for speaking up about the conditions. The hospital, that declined to comment directly on the termination, said in a letter to the nurse that it was because they had sent photos of deceased patients to CNN, which the Nurse denies ever doing.
Michigan has reported a total of 45,646 cases of COVID-19. The state of Michigan also has seen 4,343 deaths related to COVID-19 complications. Wayne County reports 105 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 cases for Wayne County is 17,796.