Michigan Coronavirus Cases
As of May 30, Michigan reported 56,884 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 5,463 have resulted in death. Wayne has the majority of cases with 20,254 reported. Oakland County was second with 8,319, and Macomb, with 6,624, was third.
Source: State of Michigan
Governor of Michigan Signs New Executive Order to Expand Testing Capacity
On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan announced that she had signed a new executive order that would provide more access to COVID-19 testing throughout the state.
By signing Executive Order 2020-104 into law, Gov. Whitmer has given more latitude for medical personnel to order tests and will be making it possible to test anyone who needs to be tested for the coronavirus without a charge.
“We need to keep working to expand testing, which is why it is crucial that Michiganders who have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can get tested,” said the governor in a statement. “This Executive Order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as we work towards our goal of 15,000 tests administered daily in Michigan. We owe it to the real heroes of this crisis — medical workers, first responders, and other essential workers — to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus.”
Under the new order, patients being prepared for surgery can be tested for the coronavirus at the behest of the attending health care professional, even if the patient is asymptomatic. People who are known to have a high risk of exposure to the virus due to their profession also get to be tested with no charge.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, says the new orders on testing also make it necessary to provide testing for asymptomatic individuals in areas where testing has been difficult to get.
“As we reopen Michigan’s economy, expanded testing is critically important so that we can track any spread of COVID-19 in regions or local communities,” he said.
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging people with symptoms of the coronavirus to come out and get tested. The department has also said anyone who is not showing symptoms but wants to get tested can visit the coronavirus test page on the government’s website to find a testing location closeby.
"We need to keep working to expand testing, which is why it is crucial that Michiganders who have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can get tested. This Executive Order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as we work towards our goal of 15,000 tests administered daily in Michigan. We owe it to the real heroes of this crisis — medical workers, first responders, and other essential workers — to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus."
-- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the signing into law of Executive Order 2020
Barry County Sheriff Joins Protesters Against Gov. Whitmer, Compares Stay-At-Home Order to Unlawful Arrest
The Sheriff of Barry County in Michigan said on Monday to a group of anti-lockdown demonstrators that imposing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-order would be similar to placing residents all over his county under arrest.
“What’s the definition of an arrest?" Sheriff Dar Leaf asked the group that in Grand Rapids. "It’s basically taking away your free will, your right to move about."
“And an unlawful arrest is when you do it unlawfully, so when you are ordered to your home, are you under arrest? Yeah, by definition you are," he added.
The Sheriff made these comments at the "Michigan Patriots Rally -- Sheriffs Speak" in Rosa Parks Circle, where at least 350 people gathered in defiance of the statewide ban on groups with more than 10 people. Leaf was the only sheriff among the half dozen speakers featured at the gathering.
The sheriff said the people who had protested the “unlawful orders” could be compared to civil rights activists and that the barber who refused to keep his shop closed was a modern-day “version of Rosa Parks”.
Recently, Gov. Whitmer has been heavily criticized over the stay-at-home order which she has employed in the fight against the coronavirus. In the face of a ravaged economy and financial uncertainty for many people, critics argue that the governor has overstretched her authority by imposing this rule.
At the height of the protests, the Capitol building in Lansing was filled with demonstrators who demanded that the restriction on movement and businesses be lifted.
To ease the tensions, Gov. Whitmer began reopening the state by easing some of the restrictions. As of last week Friday, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and offices were given permission to reopen with physical distancing and sanity measures in place.
Unemployment rate in Michigan as of April 2020: 22.7%
Number of initial unemployment insurance claims made in Michigan in the week ending May 16: 55,166+ Number from the previous week: 54,460
Michigan COVID-19 cases by race as of May 27:
American Indian or Alaska Native: <1% Asian/Pacific Islander: 2% Black or African American: 31% Caucasian: 37% Multiple Races: 8% Other: 5% Unknown: 17%