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New Michigan COVID-19 Stats: In One Day Deaths Are Up 28%, Cases Up 53%

Mar 26, 2020
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NEW (Posted Afternoon of March 27):

New numbers released by the State of Michigan show that total deaths from COVID-19 are now at 92. That's a 53% increase in deaths in one day. (On Thursday, March 26th, deaths were at 60.) 

Total cases are up 28% in one day. Today there are 3,657 cases. That's up from 2,856 Thursday. 

Berrien County has 18 cases, Cass County has 1, Van Buren County has 3 and St. Joseph County still has none reported. 

Detroit has 1,000+ cases.

The global coronavirus pandemic has brought water shutoffs in Detroit and communities across the nation into sharp focus at a crucial time when officials are urging Americans to practice basic hand-washing techniques to stop the spread.

Water advocates and elected officials argue it’s impossible for families to follow the hygienic standards outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization when they don’t have water in their homes.

Members of Congress and national organizations are pushing for federal legislation and action to protect residents facing high water bills and shutoffs amid the crisis.

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DETROIT (AP) — Two men, one from Macomb County and one from Kent County, have died from complications due to the coronavirus, bringing the number of fatalities in Michigan to eight.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Saturday night that a 52-year-old man with underlying health conditions died at a hospital in Clinton Township. 

In Kent County, the local health department released a statement that confirmed the death of a 71-year-old man, also with underlying health conditions. 

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is relaxing licensing rules so employers and schools can quickly create “disaster relief” child care centers during the coronavirus emergency.

The facilities will prioritize slots for workers in certain essential fields like health care and law enforcement.

Whitmer's order Wednesday came after officials said a man in his 50s who had COVID-19 died at a Detroit-area hospital. It's the first coronavirus death in Michigan.

Meanwhile, Detroit's three automakers agreed to close all U.S. factories due to virus fears. The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Endorses Biden Days Before Primary

Mar 5, 2020
Michigan.gov

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state's Democratic primary.

Whitmer's endorsement gives the former vice president another boost after his Super Tuesday success. Whitmer had not planned to endorse a candidate but told The Associated Press on Thursday that Biden “showed up for the people of Michigan" when they needed him.

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Berrien County will not be following in the footsteps of other Michigan counties that have declared themselves gun sanctuaries. But the board of commissioners did emphasize their duty to uphold the constitution at a heated meeting Thursday.

Michigan Governor To Take National Stage To Rebut Trump

Feb 4, 2020
AP PHOTO/AL GOLDIS

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. Whitmer says she will touch on the impeachment proceedings in Washington when she delivers the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. But she says most of her 10-minute rebuttal will focus on issues such as healthcare and education. 

 

By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

Whitmer Will Deliver The Democratic State Of The Union Response From E. Lansing H.S.

Feb 3, 2020
Michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democrats’ State of the Union response from East Lansing High School. The response will follow President Donald Trump’s address in Washington.

By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild state highways and bridges over five years.

She calls it a responsible way to start fixing deteriorating roads after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike.

The Democrat unveiled the bonding plan during her second annual State of the State speech on Wednesday.

She says it will enable the state to do about twice as much construction on I-, U.S.- and M-numbered routes as it can now.

Michigan Will Create A Statewide Mental Health Hotline

Jan 28, 2020
Michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The telephone referral system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers.

A spending law approved in 2018 included $3 million to develop, operate and maintain a hotline pilot program.

The new law, which was enacted Monday and takes effect in three months, will expand that program statewide.

Michigan.gov

Today it was announced that Michigan's Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, will deliver her party's response following President Trump's State of the Union address.

Michigan Governor Urges Facebook To Curb Hate Speech

Jan 18, 2020
Michigan.gov

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to curb hate speech on the platform, days after a page was shut down over racist, misogynistic posts advocating violence against Muslims and female Democrats.

Whitmer went on social media Friday to post a letter she sent to Zuckerberg.

The creator of the anti-Whitmer group deactivated it after the Metro Times in Detroit began asking questions.

Jail Task Force Urges Overhaul Of Michigan Bail System

Jan 14, 2020
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A task force says Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money and take other steps to reduce jail populations that tripled in under 40 years.

The 21-member group was created by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with support from Republican legislative leaders.

It delivered its findings and 18 recommendations to lawmakers Tuesday.

UPDATE: Drastic Steps May Be Needed To Clean Up Green Ooze In Michigan

Dec 31, 2019
The Michigan Department of Transportation

NEW: 

Michigan environmental officials say drastic steps may be needed to clean-up chemicals that produced a green ooze in portions of Macomb County.

 

Whitmer Tells Trump Michigan Will Keep Welcoming Refugees

Dec 14, 2019
Michigan.gov

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will continue welcoming refugees.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to ensure that Michigan's 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold through websites such as Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon.

The laws could generate an additional $90 million in revenue per year, mostly for public schools.

The laws require “marketplace facilitators” such as eBay to remit sales and use taxes on behalf of independent sellers that work through their sites.

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