Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hospital leaders warn that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to soon top the spring peak of about 4,000. Unlike six months ago, COVID-19 is surging statewide, not just in the Detroit area — making it tougher for hospitals to transfer patients or staff elsewhere. Hospital executives on Thursday echoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s calls to wear a mask, socially distance and wash hands. Detroit, Michigan’s largest school district, will suspend in-person classes next week, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes.
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is urging a judge to allow the certification of last week’s election results to go forward. Attorney David Fink says any halt to the process would empower the “right-wing fire” that’s trying to cast doubt on the election. A lawsuit claims Republican challengers were removed from the TCF Center in Detroit while absentee ballots were being processed. The court filing also alleges other irregularities. Attorney David Kallman wants a judge to order an audit of Detroit’s vote and suspend any certification of election results by Wayne County until the work is done. Judge Timothy Kenny says he will decide by Friday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500. And also on Tuesday the state reported its deadliest day in 6 months, with 59 deaths in 24 hours. COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. The latest average positivity rate in Michigan is 9.4%, up from 4.9% two weeks ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases in Michigan has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 2,221 to 4,855.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people died after their car plunged into a lake in Oakland County. The incident occurred Tuesday night at Terry Lake in Pontiac. Divers from the sheriff’s office recovered the bodies of 69-year-old Robert Grandberry and his wife, 67-year-old Cathy Grandberry, about 20 feet from shore. They lived in Pontiac. The sheriff’s office says the driver, Robert Grandberry, may have a health problem prior to the car going into the lake.