Detroit mayor holding COVID-19 news conference today

DETROIT – A new study finds our peak here in Michigan could come in a week-and-a-half.

The U.S. Surgeon General warns this next week could be tough for Wayne County, labeling it a hotspot.

As Michigan prepares for another increase in COVID-19 cases this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says there’s been progress at the federal level.

UPDATE March 29, 2020, 6 p.m. -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases total 5,524; Death toll rises to 132

UPDATE March 30: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was scheduled join Whitmer at the new COVID-19 drive-up testing site in Detroit capable of testing at least 400 people a day. However, Whitmer has canceled her appearance at this event, and instead Duggan will hold a news conference at public safety headquarters at 3 p.m.

A study at the University of Washington predicts Michigan hospitals will hit their peak around April 8. The same study predicts more than 4,000 people could die from coronavirus by August.

While the federal government is sending another 8,000 N95 masks to Michigan, Whitmer is concerned it might not be enough to keep healthcare workers safe.

“We see this astronomical rise, we’ve got hospitals at capacity, running out of PPE’s as well,” Whitmer said. “We’ve got nurses who are wearing the same mask to the end of their shift.”

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