Morning Briefing May 5, 2021: Michigan sets new mask, gathering rules with updated COVID order; a look inside Michigan’s plan to battle climate change

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Here are 6 changes Michigan made to COVID rules for masks, gatherings, events, sports

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday night that it has adjusted its epidemic order as COVID-19 cases across the state slowly start to decline.

These new rules will go into effect Thursday, May 6 and last through May 31.

Read about the changes here.

Detroit pizzeria owner paints handicap parking zone after customers get $150 tickets

Tony Sacco, co-owner of Mootz Pizzeria + Bar in Downtown Detroit, decided to take action after he became concerned with the parking situation in front of his business.

“I actually started noticing it after I got a ticket because I was confused myself,” he said. “I started noticing more and more people are getting tickets.”

See the story here.

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

Do PCR tests detect COVID variants? Do vaccines prevent severe illness caused by COVID variants?

Information is critical when it comes to the coronavirus and the vaccines, and it can sometimes be challenging to find the answers to your specific questions.

Our resident Dr. Frank McGeorge is here to help, answering your questions about COVID-19, vaccines, the vaccination process and more. Today, Dr. McGeorge is addressing questions about COVID-19 variants.

See the questions and answers here.

Inside Michigan’s plan to battle climate change, decarbonize

In September 2020, the state of Michigan announced a new goal to become carbon-neutral by the year 2050, and that Michigan will aim to achieve a 28 percent reduction below 1990 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

As of 2016, Michigan accounted for about 3 percent of total emissions in the U.S., the tenth most for any state.

So, how were these goals created and how will we reach them?

Learn more here.

Contest: Submit a photo, sweet story to honor the mom in your life this Mother’s Day 🌷

Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook -- for now.

The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Read the story here.

Weather: Some hope for a decent Mother’s Day?

Metro Detroit weather forecast for May 5, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update
Metro Detroit weather forecast for May 5, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update

COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 851,947 as of Tuesday, including 17,897 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update includes a total of 2,527 new cases and 126 additional deaths, including 51 identified during a review of records. On Monday, Michigan reported a total of 849,420 cases and 17,771 deaths.

Testing has been steady around 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate above 10% as of Tuesday, lower than one week ago. Hospitalizations have dropped slightly over the last week.

Overall, new cases have slowed over the last 10 days. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,204 on Tuesday -- lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 72 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 173,400 on Tuesday. More than 660,000 have recovered from the virus in Michigan.

Michigan has reported more than 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Tuesday, with 50.6% of eligible residents having received at least one dose while 39.3% of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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