ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- April 8, 2020

Here are this morning’s top stories

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GM awarded government contract to build 30,000 ventilators

General Motors has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build 30,000 ventilators by August.

The government said this is the first contract for ventilator production rated under the Defense Production Act. The total contract price is $489.4 million, calling for 30,000 ventilators to be delivered to the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of August 2020 with a production schedule allowing for the delivery of 6,132 ventilators by June 1, 2020.

Detroit works to slow spread as city reaches 5,501 cases

Detroit is working to flatten the coronavirus (COVID-19) curve as cases continue to rise in the city and around the state.

The city has 5,501 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 7 update -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 18,970; Death toll now at 845

Officials are deploying new tools in an attempt to slow that spread.

For instance, beginning Wednesday, riders on Department of Transportation buses will receive surgical masks.

WEATHER: High near 65 today, showers return tonight

For more data on Michigan and Wayne County’s COVID-19 cases, go here.

Michigan Legislature extends emergency declaration

The Michigan Legislature has voted to expand the state’s emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic by 23 days.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week she wanted the Legislature to extend the Emergency Declaration and Disaster order for 70 more days. The Legislature agreed to extend until April 30.

734 Henry Ford Health workers test positive

Officials said 734 Henry Ford Health employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The health system has more than 31,000 employees working across five hospitals.

Michigan suspends EMS licensing, regulation requirements

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order that temporarily suspends licensing and regulation of emergency medical services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Department of Health and Human Services will not be required to conduct annual random inspections of life support vehicles or annual inspections of life support agencies.

These will only be inspected if the department has reason to believe they are out of compliance.

Livingston Co. preparing to take patients from overwhelmed hospitals

Livingston County care facilities are preparing to take patients from overwhelmed hospitals.

The facilities will take recovering COVID-19 patients, so other hospitals can provide advanced care to the people who need it.

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