Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An Interstate 94 overpass in southwestern Michigan has been damaged after it was struck by a generator being hauled on a semi-trailer. WOOD-TV reports that Kalamazoo police said the truck and its load was too high for the overpass clearance and hit beams Wednesday beneath the bridge. State Transportation inspectors later determined it still was safe for vehicles to use the overpass. Fuel leaked onto the freeway from the generator. Kalamazoo is south of Grand Rapids.
DETROIT (AP) — Police say an off-duty Detroit police officer and a man were wounded in an overnight shootout after the man rammed her vehicle against a highway construction barrier, pinning it there before he left his vehicle and opened fire. Police say the female officer, who returned gunfire and drove from the scene after the shooting, was hospitalized in stable condition with a graze wound, while the 34-year-old man was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound. Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood with the Detroit Police Department, says the wounded man is known to the officer, but the circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.
UNDATED (AP) — A state scientist says Michigan’s rate of new COVID-19 cases has been dropping for more than 29 days. The state last week reported its lowest weekly new case total — 28,072 — since the end of October. The state reported a record total — 50,892 — during Nov. 15-21. Sarah Lyon-Callo, head of the epidemiology bureau, says social distancing will be important during the holiday season. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health department imposed a ban on indoor restaurant dining, in-person high school classes and other business restrictions. The dining ban remains in place through Jan. 15.
NEW YORK (AP) — Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy at many hospitals. The procedure has helped doctors this year understand what coronavirus does to patients’ organs and how they might better treat some of the disease’s more baffling symptoms. At the same time, hospital autopsies remain far less common and much more under-resourced than they were 50 years ago. By demonstrating how a hospital’s morgue can help improve care in its ICUs, experts hope the pandemic could lead to something of a renaissance for the practice. Others are less certain about whether autopsies can fully rebound.