COVID-19 Update for 5/25/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 5/25/2020                      

UPDATE  

  • On Friday, Governor Whitmer extended Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020 to protect Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19.The order also extends the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. 

“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet. If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home,” said Governor Whitmer. “If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed.  While we finally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again. We owe it to the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis – our first responders, health care workers, and critical workers putting their lives on the line every day – to do what we can ourselves to stop the spread of the virus.” 

  • The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-99 to extend the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was upheld by Judge Cynthia Stephens on May 21, 2020. The governor’s swift action and aggressive measures are working, but there is still more to be done. For instance, cases in some counties in Western and Mid-Michigan are now doubling approximately every 10 days. To continue to protect Michigan families from both the public health and economic impacts of the virus, and to lower the chance of a second wave, the governor’s emergency declaration is extended until June 19, 2020.
  • Governor Whitmer announced a temporary $2-per-hour pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services to Michigan’s most vulnerable residents during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is part of Governor Whitmer’s ongoing efforts to support front-line health care workers risking their lives every day to protect the health and safety of these residents during the unprecedented public health crisis. 

“It has never been more important to care for our most vulnerable residents, and these direct care health workers are risking their lives every day to make sure we continue to flatten the curve,” Governor Whitmer said. “It is our duty as Michiganders to ensure these front-line heroes have the financial support they need to continue doing their critical work while caring for themselves and their families.”  

  • In honor of Memorial Day, Governor Whitmer directed flags to remain at half-staff to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.  

“Memorial Day pays tribute to the brave Michiganders who selflessly heeded the call of duty despite the incredible and inherent dangers facing them,” Whitmer said. “In honor of the women and men who gave everything to their country, we resolve ourselves to work alongside each other to build a state that is worthy of their service and sacrifice.” 

  • Governor Whitmer also signed a number of executive orders on Friday that; extend the validity of watercraft registrations, extend the temporary suspension of Michigan’s Reid Vapor Pressure standards and permits, and allow local governments to use alternative means to send out hearing notifications.  
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 202 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 54,881. 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Yesterday, departments across the state honored the service of those who gave their lives for both Michigan and the country.

 https://twitter.com/MspSouthwestMI/status/1264927918741913600 

 https://twitter.com/MIAttyGen/status/1264888950839263234 

https://twitter.com/MichiganTalent/status/1264875153160372225 

  • On Friday, the Michigan National Guard (MING) announced that they partnered with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), State Emergency Operations Center, Muskegon County, the City of Muskegon Heights, and numerous other local partners over the weekend to offer no-cost COVID-19 tests to residents of Muskegon County. 

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