Coronavirus In Michigan: Things To Know Friday, May 22

WWJ News
May 22, 2020 - 8:53 am

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Friday, May 22, 2020:

-- Reports came in Friday that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from federal prison — most likely due to the pandemic. People close to him hope he could get out as early as June 10. LATEST HERE

-- Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump's trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks. DETAILS

-- With more and more people looking to go camping, one place will be off limits until late June. Camp Dearborn will not allow any camping until June 21 at the earliest.  Those with reservations before that will get full refunds. Campers can begin reserving cabins and campsites next Tuesday. MORE HERE

Also, Camp-Dearborn tents will NOT be available this summer. In addition, several activities won't take place because of the coronavirus.  Those include the zip line, pool, recreation field activities and canteen dances.  

-- A judge has ruled in favor of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a lawsuit brought by Republican legislative leaders that challenged her emergency authority during the pandemic. But the battle is not over yet. LATEST HERE

-- There are 501 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan in Michigan Thursday, and 69 new deaths. That brings the totals to 53,510 cases and 5,129 deaths during the pandemic, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

-- Gov. Whitmer on Thursday announced that she is partially reopening more businesses and lifting medical restrictions all across Michigan — as well as allowing small gatherings. However, she also said an extension of her stay-home order is likely.GET THE DETAILS

-- As curve continues to flatten, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has a post-lockdown future in mind. Duggan on Wednesday announced a plan to help more small businesses in the city safely and successfully reopen, as soon as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives the OK. READ MORE

-- It's going to be a spectacular show, with some tweaks. Officials announced that Detroit's 2020 Ford Fireworks display will go on after all on Aug. 31 — but with no crowds allowed. DETAILS

-- It was an odd sight in Lansing as about a dozen disgruntled barbers and stylists cut people's hair Wednesday at the Michigan Capitol. Seven people were ticketed after being warned by State Police. PHOTOS & MORE

-- Gov. Whitmer on Monday announced a partial reopening of the Upper Peninsula, and other parts of northern Michigan, including bars and restaurants on Friday, May 22. LATEST HERE

 -- With some restrictions being loosened in Traverse City, businesses are excited to welcome people back: "It'll probably look a little bit different, but we're being creative and innovative and trying to make sure that we can give the best experience possible to people that come Up North." READ MORE

-- Does the idea of strolling down the street with a daiquiri appeal to you? A state rep. has proposed a plan to allow outdoor drinking districts he says will help Michigan's struggling bars and restaurants in the time of COVID-19. LEARN MORE

--  Detroit's safety protocols are so strong that city workers are safer at work than they are at home, Mayor Duggan said reassuringly this week about one of the hardest-hit areas in the country. So, why not push those protocols across the state and let everyone get back to work? Gov. Whitmer told WWJ's morning show the answer during a live where she also addressed questions about what schools may look like this fall, why less populated areas were locked down along with hot spots, and whether she's going to meet with Donald Trump -- with whom she has a contentious relationship -- during a local stop he has planned. DETAILS HERE

-- It's still a holiday, even during a pandemic. Check out everything you can do to have on Memorial Day in Michigan HERE

-- While many Big 3 autoworkers are glad to be back on the job Monday, an industry analyst says it's going to be "a nightmare" to get plant operations back up and running after the 10-week coronavirus shutdown. READ MORE

--  Could an on-off school schedule prevent a massive spread of coronavirus this fall? That's the way some educators are leaning as schools work with public health officials and the governor's office to develop a plan for the reopening of classrooms -- or at least learning -- this fall. DETAILS 

--  More than 28,200 Michiganders are now considered survivors of COVID-19. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) says 28,234 Michiganders are deemed recovered from the virus. That’s up from 22,700 last Saturday. SEE THE NUMBERS HERE

-- A Pontiac man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting and spitting on a doctor and nurses while being treated for COVID-19 at McLaren Oakland Hospital.
MORE HERE

-- Sports returned! Well, sort of. NASCAR ran its first race this weekend, and two Henry Ford Health System nurses will have their names displayed on the cars of two of NASCAR’s star drivers this Sunday in a salute to frontline workers. MORE HERE

-- A photo of a Michigan priest using a water gun filled with holy water has gone viral. SEE IT HERE

--  Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other community leaders are working hard to make testing available close to home for city residents. “It is really important we stop the spread in the city,”  Duggan said. “Separating the infectious from the non-infectious is the centerpiece.” MORE HERE

--- More than 31,000 state employees are impacted by a belt-tightening move by the government Michigan due to COVID-19. Non-managers will be forced to take two layoff days period, which is expected to save the state around $80 million. DETAILS HERE.

-- Officials at MGM Grand say things will look a lot different when they are finally able to reopen in Detroit. MGM on Tuesday released a seven-point safety plan for facilities that include the MGM Grand Detroit casino. READ MORE.

-- How soon will you feel comfortable dining out? A bar and restaurant group in Michigan is asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let them reopen on May 29, laying out a plan to do it safely.  READ MORE.

-- Many businesses have temporarily closed their doors as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but there are plenty of restaurants still open across metro Detroit for carryout and curbside pickup. Hungry? CHECK THE LIST.

-- The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 where we will remain live, local and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak. >>LISTEN LIVE!