Daily COVID Update 5/3/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 5/3/2020                      


  • Friday, Governor Whitmer provided another update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She announced that Michigan would begin to re-engage certain sectors of the economy that the data has deemed lower-riskWith the support of leaders in health care, business, and labor, she announced that she signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of the MI Safe Start plan. The executive order will allow the May 7 resumption construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors. 

“The vast majority of Michiganders are still doing their part to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. That’s good, but we must keep it up,” said Governor Whitmer. “As part of our MI Safe Start Plan, we are bringing business and labor leaders together to ensure that while we lift some restrictions on the previous Stay Home, Stay Safe order, we are also protecting workers and their families from the spread of this virus. I want to be clear: we must all continue to stay home and stay safe as much as possible. If we all keep doing our part, we can reduce the risk of a second wave and re-engage our economy safely and responsibly.”  


“We are grateful for the governor’s commitment to protecting working people and their families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Pat Devlin, Secretary Treasurer of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. “Our dedicated building tradesmen and women are ready to get back to work, and we’re glad the governor has taken steps today to help ensure their safety. We are excited to continue working with Governor Whitmer as she continues to take action on behalf of working families.”  


  • The governor announced Michigan has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide housing alternatives such as hotels and motels for homeless individuals who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“We must do everything in our power to protect our most vulnerable populations during this ongoing public health crisis, and that includes protecting the health and safety of homeless Michiganders, no matter their circumstances,” Governor Whitmer said. “These resources will help shield homeless Michiganders most susceptible to the virus.” 


  • Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has been working alongside Governor Whitmer to ensure every decision the governor’s administration makes is guided by the best science and medical advise to save as many lives as possible from COVID-19. Yesterday, she sat down on Meet the Press to talk about how Michigan has experienced and dealt with the virus.  



  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 547new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 43,754 



  • Last weekMichigan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for nearly $390 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The Michigan Department of Education announced the $13.2 billion ESSER fund which provides emergency relief funds to address the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the United States. ESSER funding was included as part of the $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

“These are vitally important resources to help our schools reduce the strain caused by this global pandemic,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Schools can use the funds to meet a variety of current education needs, but must recognize that these funds are one-time revenues.” 


  • Getting crisis mental health support is now as simple as sending a text to a new service that was launched Friday by the MDHHS as part of its Stay Home, Stay Well initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to texts from Michigan residents who are facing a mental health crisis — everything from anxiety and financial issues to suicide and domestic violence. While the text line is starting during the pandemic, MDHHS intends to continue offering the service in the future. By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor. 


  • Beginning Monday at the Baraga Correctional Facility, medical specialists from the Michigan National Guard will assist Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff in testing every prisoner at the facility. After Baraga, the guard members will then move east across the U.P. with the goal of testing one facility each day. The facilities being tested include Alger Correctional Facility, Marquette Branch Prison, Newberry Correctional Facility, Chippewa Correctional Facility and Kinross Correctional Facility. All prisoners will be tested, totaling about 7,500 prisoners. 

“The medical professionals of the Michigan National Guard are proud to assist with COVID-19 testing in the Upper Peninsula,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We are community members and neighbors, and we always ready to assist in the fight against COVID-19.” 





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