Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a field hospital at Detroit’s downtown convention center could gets its first COVID-19 patients this week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Detroit-area hospitals are running “dangerously low” on personal protection equipment. She also reports an “incredible surge” in the number of unemployment claims. Whitmer promises that people will get paid, despite computer woes and bureaucratic red tape. The number of cases in the state rose to 15,700 and 617 deaths over the weekend. According to House Democrats, Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit tested positive for the virus, but that she appears to be recovering.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An emergency order from the state’s health department is requiring doctors and funeral homes to report COVID-19 deaths quicker. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the directive late Saturday. It took effect immediately. The idea is to help public health officials “provide better health services and enforce health laws.” Under the order, funeral directors have 24 hours to initiate a death record and and submit to the attending physician. Doctors have to attempt to certify the death record within 24 hours. Michigan has reported over 15,700 cases of COVID-19 with 617 deaths as of Sunday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to meet Tuesday, three weeks after last voting. Since then, one legislator has died from a suspected COVID-19 infection and another has tested positive, causing uneasiness over congregating in Lansing. Stretching Whitmer’s emergency is important because the original declaration — set to expire — is the basis of nearly 30 subsequent executive orders, including those telling people to stay home and closing schools and businesses.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s environmental agency says a public comment period on the status of water quality in Lake Erie has been extended until mid-June. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says that people can weigh in on a draft of the Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan until June 19. The extension is aimed at ensuring that residents have ample opportunity to offer their views on the draft plan, including at a public information meeting in early June. The plan describes the status of water quality in Michigan’s portion of the Lake Erie Basin.