Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 8:30 PM on 4/12/2020
- Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced thirteen new or expanded COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites – including in Detroit and Flint – will provide greater access to residents across Michigan and a new lab will speed up test results.
“The State of Michigan is working with our healthcare partners to step up COVID-19 testing,” Whitmer said. “Better access to testing and quicker results are critical to our public health officials who are fighting coronavirus and to our residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 and need answers, treatment and peace of mind. More testing will save lives.”
The new drive-thru capacity will include two large-scale sites in Detroit and Flint. The sites will aim to serve at least 750 and 250 people per day, respectively. Additional site details are in progress and will be announced soon. New drive-thru sites will also operate in Atlanta (between Gaylord and Alpena), Bad Axe, Battle Creek, Bay City, Benton Harbor, Jackson, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City. The partnership will significantly expand drive-thru test sites currently operating in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Saginaw.
- Over the weekend Michigan received a donation of 500,000 KN95 masks, 100,000 gloves and 50,000 shoe covers from State Farm, Walmart and Sales Force. The governor is working every day to secure enough personal protective equipment for our frontline health care workers fighting COVID-19.
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 1,487 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 24,638.
- Both in Michigan and across the country states have experiencedthe most amount of unemployment claims filed in the history of the United States. Governor Whitmer is committed to making sure Michiganders have access to the benefits they are entitled to. Listen below to hear her give an update on the UIA.
- The Michigan National Guard has played an integral role fighting COVID-19 on the ground. Take a look at the video below to see how their members are stepping up to help Michiganders across the state.
HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT
- Last week, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) produced four major guidance documents for local school districts, created in collaboration with other state agencies, Michigan educators, stakeholders, and major education organizations in the state. Click below to view each document:
- MDE, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and MDHHScreated a document for best practices on school food service safety.
- MDE and MDHHS created a document to help families navigating extended time away from school. There are a number of strategies to use at home to help children settle into time away from school and into new routines, and to reduce worry and anxiety. The strategies are universal, meaning they work for children with and without disabilities.
- Learning at a Distance Guidance was developed with the endorsement of every major education association in the state, with representation from each as thought partners or task force members.
- MDE’sOffice of Special Education (OSE) created Guidance for Compliance With the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This guidance document is designed to assist districts in meeting the IDEA Part B and MARSE.
- MDARD highlighted the work of Michigan Technological University for their work piloting a Mobile Sanitizing Station alongside the Michigan National
- CDC Situation Updates
- Michigan Updates
- Map of country-specific travel health information
- About COVID-19
- COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-535-6136
- Newsweek: MICHIGAN CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN: NEW DETAILS AS STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED TO APRIL 30 BY GOV. WHITMER
- The Detroit News: At 645, Mich. coronavirus case increase lowest in 17 days, but caution urged
- Politico: Trump personalizes the coronavirus — through a political lens
- MLIVE: Despite criticism, Gov. Whitmer defends revised stay-at-home order
- Detroit Free Press: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer corrects ‘The View’ co-host Meghan McCain’s “shame on you” tweet
- WZZM: Whitmer: Car seats can still be bought under stay at home order
- The Hill: Michigan order banning travel ‘between residences’ takes effect