Another 314 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan has pushed the state’s total to 54,679, health officials announced Sunday.

The number of deaths attributed to the disease caused by the coronavirus rose by just five to 5,228, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.

The number of additional deaths was the lowest since March 22, the Detroit Free Press reported.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has taped two West Michigan education leaders to the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors.

The Michigan Education Trust is the state’s 529 prepaid college tuition plan. It’s operated by the Michigan Department of Treasury. It allows parents to purchase credit hours at today’s cost for the future education of their children.

  Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures.

The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and conjoining waterways.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order by slightly more than two additional weeks, through June 12, while keeping theaters, gyms, salons and other places of public accommodation closed until at least then.

New lawsuit challenges Whitmer emergency power

May 22, 2020

A conservative legal foundation has filed a new lawsuit challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ability to issue and enforce emergency orders related go the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mackinac Center says Whitmer has stretched the meaning of “emergency” to continue to issue new emergency orders. The lawsuit also says she’s claiming the right to use administrative powers that govern workplace rules to enforce those orders. Under her orders, workplace violations carry bigger fines and penalties.

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Michigan’s April unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation second only to Nevada based on people declaring unemployment benefits. 

“Looking at something from a month ago gives you information about where you are and where you’re heading.”

Paul Isely, Associate Dean in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He says the 22.7% unemployment rate was generated the week of April 12th. What does he expect when the numbers are calculated for May?

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President Trump announced he signed an emergency declaration for the city of Midland during a visit to the Rawsonville Ford Plant on Thursday.

Thousands of people were evacuated after dams failed in a catastrophic flooding event. 

"The Governor and I had a great conversation this morning, and at the appropriate time I'll go and see the area that we'll be fixing--we're going to help you out. We signed an emergency declaration very quickly," President Donald Trump explained.

Grand Rapids Police Department

At Thursday’s budget meeting Grand Rapids City Manager, Mark Washington explained the police department’s budget will not be cut. Instead, Chief of Police Eric Payne is proposing a $1.13 million budget freeze. 

“So there are no community policing resources that are being cut. There are some adjustments that are being made.”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has signed new executive orders that will lift many restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

She says that’s because earlier restrictions appear to be working to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The governor’s new stay-home orders will allow more people to step out.

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Spectrum Health is offering guidance to West and Southwest Michigan businesses as they adapt to operating in a new environment with the COVID-19 Pandemic. They’ve developed a “toolkit” to help out.

“In the early days here in West Michigan, a lot of local businesses stepped up for us, providing us with hand sanitizer and masks, they took their business and changed it for us in healthcare, and we want to do the same.”