Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 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.
HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — An expert says a woman who died at a Detroit-area jail likely suffered from alcohol withdrawal, disagreeing with a report that cited heart problems. Dr. L.J. Dragovic is the Oakland County medical examiner. Dragovic calls the heart theory “nonsense” after reviewing an autopsy report at the request of the Detroit Free Press. Priscilla Slater died in the Harper Woods jail on June 10, a day after the Black woman was arrested at a hotel on a drug charge. Harper Woods has been targeted by protesters who want more information. Ken Poynter resigned as mayor after making insensitive remarks about the critics. Authorities still are investigating Slater’s death.
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur has been charged with fraud in seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Bischoff received approximately $594,000 from lenders, according to the government. Bischoff is accused of giving false information about his payroll and the number of employees and making other misrepresentations. The 60-year-old Bischoff is co-founder of Passport Pizza in Macomb County. The court filing is titled a criminal “information,” which means a guilty plea is likely.
UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Twitter claim that an election technology firm “deleted” or “switched” large numbers of votes for him, giving many to Joe Biden, is a baseless theory that’s not grounded in real data or evidence. In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump amplified a “report” carrying the empty claims, which originated from anonymous comments on a pro-Trump blog. It builds on other baseless attacks Trump and his supporters have waged on the election tech firm Dominion Voting Systems, seeking to sow doubt in the results of the 2020 election, despite the fact that there is no evidence of widespread fraud.