Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand today


New platform to connect reopening Michigan businesses with protective equipment suppliers

DETROIT – A new online portal from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is helping businesses secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees as businesses start to reopen around the state amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The free COVID-19 Procurement Platform connects businesses in need of PPE with businesses that have the supplier capacity to meet their demand, officials said. PPE can include face masks and shields, gloves, goggles and other materials that protect the health and safety of employees and customers.

Michigan barber shops, salons unveil 8-step reopening plan, urge Gov. Whitmer to lift ban

Michigan barber shops and salons are coming together to ask Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow them to reopen, even creating an eight-step plan to do so safely.

More than two dozen cosmetology salons, spa and barber shop owners and workers, representing more than 350 facilities across Michigan, delivered a letter Wednesday, formally asking Whitmer to lift the statewide ban on their services.

Whitmer has reopened some sectors of Michigan’s economy, but salons and barber shops across the state are still closed due to the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Safe Salons for MI coalition worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to create and eight-part reopening plan.

Here are the eight steps the coalition believes will allow salons and barber shops to safely reopen.

Ford Drive-In reopening: What changes, rules to expect amid coronavirus pandemic

Ford Wyoming has instituted new rules and cleaning procedures to protect public health and safety as they resume business.

Ford Wyoming will be operating at half capacity to ensure social distancing. Officials say one car will be permitted between two speaker poles.

Patrons are not allowed to watch films or loiter outside of their vehicles unless visiting the concession stand or restroom. Sitting in a truck bed during the film is allowed.

The concession stand will offer a limited menu. A limited number of people can enter the concession stand at one time. Patrons are required to wear face coverings and stand six feet apart.

Restrooms and a limited number of portable toilets will be available for use. Restrooms will have every other stall and sink open and an attendant to sanitize frequently. Patrons are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in the restrooms.

Somerset Collection, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Twelve Oaks Mall to reopen

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has ended some businesses permanently and it’s likely to have a severe impact on malls when it’s all over.

In Metro Detroit there are two malls reopening on Thursday. At 11 a.m. both Great Lakes Crossing Outlet and the Twelve Oaks Mall will open their doors.

Somerset Collection and Lakeside Mall will open Friday at 11 a.m.

READ: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Twelve Oaks Mall reopening: New hours, COVID-19 safety rules

Local 4 went to Twelve Oaks Mall on Tuesday where the cleaning staff was hard at work. They sanitized everything before opening up.

Thousands of employees have been out of work but many will be able to take a step toward getting back to normal.

Everyone at the mall will be required to wear a mask. The mall’s general manager, Dan Jones, said they’ve removed the play area and the seating in the food court.

Whitmer signs order to expand COVID-19 testing; doctor’s order no longer needed

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order on Tuesday to expand testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state.

Executive Order 2020-104 expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any Michigander.

Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 55,104; Death toll now at 5,266

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 55,104 as of Tuesday, including 5,266 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update represents 223 new cases and 26 additional deaths. Monday’s total was 54,881 confirmed cases and 5,240 deaths.

New cases and deaths continue to slow in Michigan, along with hospitalizations. Testing continues to ramp up, with an average of more than 15,000 per day in the last two weeks.

Detroit COVID-19: Cases reach 10,847, death toll at 1,329 on May 26

The city of Detroit provided an update on its current numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

As of May 26 Detroit is reporting 10,847 COVID-19 cases -- an increase of 97 cases from May 25 -- and 1,329 COVID-19 deaths -- an increase of 5 deaths from May 25.

Metro Detroit retailers start reopening amid COVID-19 pandemic: What to know

Retail businesses in Metro Detroit are allowed to reopen to customers on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened thousands across the state.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order requires an appointment for customers before entering a retail store. Gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed.

Michigan Retailers Association spokeswoman Meegan Holland said they are looking at it a little differently.

“There are retailers who say they will take up to 10 customers. If there is an eleventh one out there, then that just starts a line to get in. So it’s a walk-in appointment as far as we’re concerned,” said Holland.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.