Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know Friday, May 29

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May 29, 2020 - 8:12 am
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    Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Friday, May 29, 2020:

    --  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan needs help, and fast, in the form of a federal bailout. With massive budget shortfalls looming because of the virus crisis, the governor said she wants to protect K-12 schools from funding cuts — and she needs help from Republicans to do it. READ MORE 

    -- State health officials on Thursday announced 406 new cases of COVID-19, and 38 new deaths, including 17 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. That brings the totals to 56,014 cases and 5,372 deaths statewide amid the pandemic.

    -- All public pools across metro Detroit are ordered by local health departments to remain closed indefinitely, to prevent a summer spike in COVID-19 cases. DETAILS HERE

    -- "I've got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel — I could care less," says Karl Manke. Despite an order Thursday from the state Court of Appeals to immediately close, an Owosso, Michigan barber remains open, and is cutting hair against the governor's orders. READ MORE

    -- Are you about ready for a haircut? Hairdressers, barbers and spa owners say they're ready to get back to cutting and snipping as a group advocating for the re-opening of salons and barbershops delivers an eight-pillar plan to Gov. Whitmer. DETAILS

    -- Whitmer Thursday sent a letter to President Trump asking to keep the National Guard on the job in Michigan through July 31 to help with the virus fight. DETAILS

    -- More cancellations this week on the summer concert schedule: DTE Energy Music Theater has announced that the July 31 performance by Chicago has been postponed until July 25, 2021.  Rick Springfield will no longer be on the ticket, and DTE says there won't be any refunds until the box office can reopen after the stay-home order has been lifted.

    -- In Wayne County, officials have canceled all pavilion rentals at County Parks through the summer, along with outdoor concerts, and river rentals and pony rides at Elizabeth Park.

    -- Michigan State University says it will welcome students back to campus this fall, for a mix of in-person and online learning. "The fall 2020 semester will look different from any previous semester at MSU," President Samuel Stanley said. LEARN MORE

    -- “It’s a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be." The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. LATEST HERE

    -- Starting next week, Macomb County will be testing sewer water for the coronavirus. The goal, officials say, is to identify which certain neighborhood or parts of a community are hotspots and make the information available to the public. READ MORE

    -- Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new nationwide poll. Another 31% aren't sure. LEARN MORE

    -- WWJ's Auto Beat Reporter Jeff Gilbert is reporting there's a proven way to kill coronavirus ... at least in police vehicles.  DETAILS

    -- Announcing free testing for every Southeast Michigan resident at the Fairgrounds in Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan says the rate of infection of Detroiters is now less than that of suburbanites. "We are one region, and unless we beat COVID-19 as a region, we're not really going to wipe it out," the mayor said. No prescription is needed. DETAILS HERE

    --  Elsewhere in the state, if you've been working outside your home for at least 10 days, you're now eligible to be tested for COVID-19 — even if you don't have symptoms or a prescription. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced expanded testing statewide. DETAILS HERE

    --  Ready to shop, and not just for groceries? A couple of malls in metro Detroit are back open for the first time since shutdowns due to COVID-19. DETAILS HERE

    -- "Swimming pools are just like toilet paper was eight weeks ago: it has been absolutely, positively insane." The backyard pool businesses is booming due to a surge in demand created by virus orders and closures. READ MORE

    --  Who's ready to fly? Turns out a lot of you are, but many aren't: A new survey from the travel site TheVacationer.com finds nearly 35% saying they will wait for a cure or a vaccine to COVID-19 before they travel.  But, of those who said yes to traveling now... almost 17% say they would if everyone on board had to wear a mask. As for that middle seat... would you pay extra to keep it empty? MORE HERE

    -- 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

    -- A judge has ruled in favor of Michigan Gov. 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

    -- 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

     -- With some restrictions being loosened in northern Michigan, including 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

    -- While many Big 3 autoworkers are glad to be back on the job, 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 in some form. DETAILS 

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

    -- How soon will you feel comfortable dining out? A bar and restaurant group in Michigan asked Gov. 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!