Morning Briefing April 28, 2021: Grosse Pointe teacher roasts board of education in impassioned resignation speech, Cedar Point won’t require masks on rides this season

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Grosse Pointe teacher roasts board of education in intense resignation speech
Grosse Pointe teacher roasts board of education in intense resignation speech

Grosse Pointe teacher roasts board of education in intense resignation speech

During a Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education meeting to discuss new coronavirus protocols, a teacher delivered an impassioned resignation speech, calling out board members for “disregarding” educators and their input amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“You tell us after your meetings that you ‘so appreciate and respect us,’ well I cry bull***,” teacher Sean McCarroll said to the board Monday. “You don’t respect us. If you respected us, you’d listen to us. You don’t appreciate us. If you did, you wouldn’t make our jobs literally impossible to do. If you cared, you would pretend that you’re listening, at least.”

See his entire speech here.


The ‘Elvis effect’ on vaccine hesitancy in the US

More than 95 million Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but there are still many who remain on the fence.

When health officials needed help encouraging the public to get vaccinated for polio in the 1950s, they looked to rising star Elvis Presley. Is there a celebrity who could have the same impact now?

See the full report here.


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Cedar Point won’t require masks on rides, will require reservations for 2021 season

Cedar Point announced its 2021 reopening plan for the upcoming season, which opens on May 14. But you won’t be able to just show up at the park.

Read more about the changes here.


Gov. Whitmer hints at possibility of easing Michigan COVID-19 restrictions

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted that coronavirus restrictions could be reduced as case numbers decrease.

“We are continuing to monitor what the CDC is recommending and our data here in Michigan, and I would anticipate forthcoming policy changes potentially that will feel a little bit more normal for all of us,” the governor said.

Learn more here.


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Weather: Storm chances for some, but not all 🌧

Metro Detroit weather forecast for April 28, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update
Metro Detroit weather forecast for April 28, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update

Coronavirus in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 829,520 as of Tuesday, including 17,429 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update includes a total of 3,676 new cases and 105 additional deaths, including 48 deaths identified during a review of records.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate above 11.5% as of Tuesday, lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have plateaued over the last week but remain high.

Overall, new cases have slowed over the last 10 days. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 4,340 on Tuesday -- lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 66 on Tuesday, slightly higher than the last two weeks. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 185,900 on Tuesday.

More than 626,000 have recovered from the virus in Michigan.

Michigan has reported more than 6.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Tuesday, with more than 48.7% of residents having received at least one dose.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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