5/15/20 – Friday, May 15: Latest developments on coronavirus in Michigan

(Mlive) –  Nearly 200 protesters gathered outside the Michigan State Capitol on Thursday to call for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to end the stay-home order and re-open the economy.

The Thursday morning rally was held under in the rain and under occasional cracks of thunder in downtown Lansing, despite the Capitol being locked and the legislature not in session.                     The protest lasted about 5 hours  and total attendance was difficult to estimate.


Michigan coronavirus cases spike; officials cite testing backlog

Michigan health officials reported a spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday, May 14, though they say the increase is due to backlogged results and increased testing at correctional facilities.

The state announced an increase of 1,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That pushes the state’s total known cases to 49,582, including 10,164 cases in the city of Detroit.      Another 73 deaths were reported Thursday, though 35 of them occurred beyond the prior 24 hours and were late additions.


Dangerous syndrome in kids linked to COVID-19 under review in Michigan after 17 cases confirmed

Doctors in Michigan are watching a new set of symptoms in children that may be linked to the novel coronavirus.

Children with swollen lips or tongues, hands or feet, and other signs of inflammation throughout the body are causing alarm in the medical community. Doctors suspect the sickness comes several weeks after exposure or sickness from COVID-19.

In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or PMIS, are being investigated as of Wednesday, May 13.

Michigan Medicine reinstates time sensitive procedures, outpatient visits

Patients with time-sensitive health care needs can get care through recently re-expanded availability at Michigan Medicine.

Hospitals across the country put a hold on many procedures and surgeries during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April to avoid unnecessary potential exposure to the virus, with the exception of life-saving, urgent surgeries and procedures such as cancer treatments or transplants.

As coronavirus patient demand declines, the Ann Arbor-based health system said in a Thursday, May 14 news release it now can resume care, especially for those with conditions that may worsen with delays.


Meijer expanding store hours starting Friday

Meijer is expanding its hours from 6 a.m. to midnight after scaling back its operating times in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The new midnight closing hour will go into effect Friday, with stores reopening at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Whitmer extends executive orders for child care access, long-term care facility procedures

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a pair of Executive Orders Wednesday night extending previously signed orders that provide protections to residents and staff at long-term care facilities and ensure access to child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order 2020-83 expands child care offerings in the state by allowing school districts and hospitals to operate disaster relief child care centers. Those centers will be licensed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) which will expedite provisional licenses for the facilities to expand child care access across the state.

5 coronavirus stimulus check scams and how to avoid them

Officials are warning residents about a rise in online scams related to the distribution of stimulus checks that are being distributed.

The FTC reports that it has received 18,235 reports of fraud costing victims $13.44 million. Google reported it is blocking 18 million scam emails every single day and 150,000 fraudulent stimulus check sites have already launched.