Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies, after similar pacts were made earlier this week in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Thursday’s announcement covers Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The governors say they will work with experts and take a “fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19.” All together, the 17 states covered by the three pacts are home to nearly half of the country’s population.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Deaths in Michigan from COVID-19 now exceed 2,000. But major health care providers in southeastern Michigan are reporting significant reductions in the number of patients. Henry Ford Health System said it had 617 COVID-19 patients, the lowest number since April 1. Beaumont Health had 819 patients, down 19% from last week. Meanwhile, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would work with Midwestern states on a strategy to reopen their virus-stunted economies. Republicans said businesses in regions that aren’t virus hot spots should be allowed to reopen more quickly than businesses in other areas.
UNDATED (AP) — A growing number of protests are being staged across the U.S. to oppose stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. In places like Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates and others have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As their frustration grows, they’ve started to openly defy the social distancing rules to put pressure on governors to ease them. Some of the protests have been small events, promoted via recently created Facebook groups. Others are backed by groups with ties to Trump.
NEW YORK (AP) — The devastating coronavirus pandemic stands poised to reshape the political map this November. The virus has pummeled battleground states and alarmed Republicans who see early warning signs for an election that could be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s management of the crisis. The pandemic has killed more than 30,000 Americans and put millions out of work. It has also eviscerated the Trump campaign’s hope to run for reelection on the back of a strong economy and could tilt a series of states Trump won in 2016 toward the Democrats.