Daily COVID Update for 5/4/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 5/4/2020                      


  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer was joined by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to talk about the efforts the state is taking to protect Michiganders for the elections happening throughout the state today.  

The governor also spoke about her Executive Directive 2020-5 which created the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. 

“Protecting the people of Michigan and lowering the chance of a second wave has demanded flexibility and decisiveness, and has also required funds from the state treasury, philanthropic sources, and the federal government,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michiganders have the right to expect that state government will be responsible stewards of their resources, especially in a time of crisis. I will continue to work around the clock to ensure these resources are spent wisely, in compliance with the law, and in a transparent and accountable manner.”   


  • Governor Whitmer also announced yesterday that more than $3.3 million in financial relief will be going to 657 bar and restaurant owners across the state – a financial lifeline averaging over $5,000 for hard-hit hospitality businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is administrator of the governor’s spirits buyback program.

“I know the financial losses have been incredibly devastating to business owners in the hospitality industry during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am pleased that through this innovative program, we can provide much-needed cash to hundreds of Michigan’s bars and restaurants that are struggling right now, to help tide them over until they’re open for business again.”  


  • Governor Whitmer also took time to thank Michigan’s incredible teachers during teacher appreciation wee Even through these difficult times, teachers across the state have stepped up to continue to educate their students. At her press conference yesterday,the governor encouraged people who know those who are working as a teacher, nurse or corrections officer to reach out and thank them as this week is not only teacher appreciation week but Michigan nurses week and corrections officers week.  



  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 



  • MDHHS stands with mental health advocates and organizations in recognizing May as Mental Health Month. Observed nationally since 1949 and traditionally symbolized by a green ribbon, the mental health awareness effort sets a goal to combat stigma and provide support and education on matters pertaining to mental illness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be brought on by mental illness, in the hopes of further development of suicide prevention strategies.

During the COVID-19 crisis, mental health is increasingly becoming a focus of attention. In response, information about available mental health resources can be found through the state’s Stay Home, Stay Well initiative. These efforts are to help build resilience in Michigan residents trying to cope emotionally with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and include links to crisis help lines, guidance documents, videos and other mental health resources at Michigan.gov/StayWell.  


  • In response to Executive Order 2020-17, MDHHS issued guidelines to share with providers to address questions about how patients can be served safelyduring this time.  

“The Executive Order gives providers broad discretion,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “I applaud our frontline health care providers who put their lives at risk, and who are engaged in efforts to continue to care for their patients in the safest way possible. The guidelines should assist in determining the best way to treat patients without delaying needed medical services.” 

The recommendations include: 

  • Limiting in-person contact as much as possible, and implementing best practices for infection prevention and control, such as maximizing the use of telehealth, eliminating waiting room times, requiring patients to wear masks, and more.
  • Prioritizing in-person patient interactions and face-to-face appointments for the most vulnerable patients, and for necessary services like immunizations.
  • Reassuring patients of appropriate safety measures such as expanded testing and PPE.
  • Assuring appropriate surge capacity and developing emergency plans including how to gradually start doing more procedures, conserving PPE, and ensuring adequate supplies and staffing.


  • Michigan businesses have continued to step up every day to help respond to COVID-19. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation highlighted the work Barber Packaging has done through connections made through the Pure Michigan Business Co 





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