Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will offer cash-strapped bars and restaurants relief by buying back their liquor inventory during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order late Monday authorizing the program. Michigan’s 8,500 liquor licensees will have until Friday to request that state regulators buy back spirits purchased before March 16. Meanwhile, Oakland County said workers at businesses deemed essential will be required to wear face masks to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The policy won’t be enforced until April 27 so businesses can acquire the protection.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of U.S. cities and counties grappling with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic might receive little of the emergency funding in the $2.2 trillion federal rescue package. The Relief Fund uses a formula based on population to parcel out tens of billions of dollars to the states while allowing cities and counties with more than 500,000 residents to apply directly to the Treasury Department for cash infusions. But localities below that population threshold are in limbo. Lawmakers and advocacy groups are urging federal officials to ensure the relief fund money is widely and fairly distributed.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the growth in coronavirus infections is starting to flatten due to the extraordinary restrictions on people’s movements. But she warned Monday that this doesn’t mean business as usual will resume quickly or soon. Whitmer says “we’ve got to make sure that we avoid a second wave at all costs.” Her stay-at-home order is in effect through April 30. The state has reported nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 115 additional deaths, bringing total cases to more than 25,600. Michigan has the third highest death toll in the U.S., with 1,600-plus deaths.