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Virus news: Michigan Stay-Home Order extends to June 12 | State Deaths Total 5,158 | GM Production Stalls


May 22, 2020, 4:04 PM

In a move likely to irritate some, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home from May 28 to June 12, saying theaters, gyms and casinos must stay closed.

While cases are on the decline, she says in a media release, "we are not out of the woods yet. If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home." 

Covid Deaths pass 5,100

Covid deaths in Michigan climbed by 29 on Friday, bringing the total to 5,158. Confirmed cases reached 53,913.

Wayne County, which does not include Detroit in its figures, crossed the 1,000 mark when it recorded 1,024 deaths since mid-March. Detroit has 1,299 deaths.

As of May 15, 28,234 people had recovered.

GM Production Stalls

Thousands of General Motors union members who build pickup trucks will stay home  at least another week due to a parts shorage. 

The shortage has created problems with bringing back a second shift of workers at GM's Flint Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly plants, several sources tell the Free Press on Friday.

Detroit Businesses: Free Masks and Gloves

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Business owners planning to open as early as Tuesday can get free masks and gloves in Eastern Market after registering for pick-up online.

Through a city coalition, Detroit Means Business, businesses with 50 or fewer employees will be given personal protective equipment when they register at detroitmeansbusiness.org.

More than 600 businesses have registered and scheduled pickupo times, Mayor Mike Duggan said.



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