Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a month in crisis mode, governors across the U.S. face their next challenge in the coronavirus pandemic: When and how to lift restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and return to something approaching normal life. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday called it a “transition from surge to suppression.” This week, two separate groups of states, in the Northeast and along the West Coast, announced compacts to work together on lifting shelter-in-place restrictions and reopening some businesses. Governors say the ability to test for the virus and trace infected people’s contacts is essential.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to toughen rather than relax what already was one of the country’s strictest stay-home orders is hitting opposition in her home state. Republicans who backed her moves initially are now ratcheting up their criticism of the Democratic governor. GOP lawmakers and allies in the business community say certain operations can operate again if they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Those include golf courses, marinas and landscaping companies. Others in rural areas say the restrictions should no longer be imposed statewide when the coronavirus is far more concentrated in the Detroit area . Whitmer says she’s saving lives.
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit will begin some layoffs, cut back hours to other employees and reduce some services to meet a projected $44 million deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Mike Duggan laid out the plan Tuesday night to city employees and residents. On Tuesday morning, the city’s health department reported 7,020 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and 424 deaths. A state-ordered shutdown of non-essential businesses has left Detroit without millions of dollars in casino taxes, income tax, sales tax and fees revenue. Duggan said the city is expected to lose $348 million in revenue through June 30, 2021 but will make up 80% of that shortfall.
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Police say the body of a man has been recovered near the mouth of Lake Erie, more than two weeks after he and his 6-year-old son disappeared while fishing in southeastern Michigan. Police were informed about the discovery Monday and confirmed the identity of Justin Oaks of Rockwood. The body of Jaxon Oaks hasn’t been found. On March 29, father and son were in a 14-foot boat in the Huron River, between Lake Erie and an Interstate 75 overpass. The boat was found on April 5.