Morning Briefing May 3, 2021: The 17-year cicadas are coming, car splits in half after driver crashes into light pole in Detroit

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A cicada sits on a twig in a forest preserve June 11, 2007 in Willow Springs, Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A cicada sits on a twig in a forest preserve June 11, 2007 in Willow Springs, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Driver ejected from car after speeding, weaving through traffic on I-94 in Detroit, police say

A driver was ejected from his car and seriously injured after speeding and weaving through traffic on I-94 in Detroit, according to police.

Investigators say the car struck a light pole near the Chatsworth Road bridge abutment and was split in half.

See the report here.


17-year cicadas to emerge in Michigan this spring: Everything you want to know

Cicadas will take flight in Michigan this spring after 17-years underground -- and it’s going to be loud.

When and where should we expect to see them? Why do they remain underground for so long?

Here’s everything you should know about the once-in-a-17-year event.


An important message from Paul Gross on Melanoma Monday

This Melanoma Monday, Local 4 Meteorologist Paul Gross is helping to spread awareness of the disease and encourage people to remain vigilant about detection.

“I am writing this letter to plead with you to get anything on your skin, face or head that isn’t normal checked out. Melanoma is the worst-case skin cancer you could get, and one you should dread. If it’s caught early, the cancer is 99% curable, according to the American Cancer Society. However, should your melanoma spread regionally, that cure rate drops to 66% and, if it spreads distantly in your body, your likelihood of surviving drops to 27%.”

Read Paul’s post here.


LIVE BLOG: Tracking COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan: New openings, clinics, appointments 💉


Going door-to-door, new walk-in clinics: Efforts to vaccinate Metro Detroiters ramp up

Vaccination efforts are ramping up across Metro Detroit for “Mass Vaccination Week.”

In an effort to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and to reassure people about their safety, officials are opening new walk-in clinics and sending people to go door-to-door to help keep residents informed.

Learn more here.


Michigan to lose House seat after Census -- What it means for our future

The Census Bureau announced Monday that Michigan would be losing a seat in Congress due to the census data.

The Census Bureau’s data show that Michigan’s population grew in the last 10 years, but not enough to hold onto one of the state’s 14 seats in Congress. For the last 40 years, Michigan has lost a seat every Census since 1980. During that time, Michigan has become a swing state -- a coveted prize in presidential politics, but could the road to the White House be closed when it comes to Michigan after losing a seat in Congress?

See the story here.


Weather: Many chances for much-needed rain ☔️

Metro Detroit weather forecast for May 3, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update
Metro Detroit weather forecast for May 3, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update

COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 844,385 as of Saturday, including 17,742 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes a total of 3,431 new cases and 131 additional deaths, including 98 deaths identified during a review of records. Friday’s update included a total of 3,440 new cases and 35 additional deaths.

The state no longer provides coronavirus data updates on Sundays; the next update is expected Monday afternoon.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate above 11% as of Saturday, 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 3,581 on Saturday -- lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 72 on Saturday, 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 166,500 on Saturday.

Michigan has reported more than 6.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Sunday, with 50% of eligible residents having received at least one dose, while 38% of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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