Republican state lawmakers don’t seem willing to back Michigan governor’s request for bipartisan mask law
Gretchen Whitmer is still looking to the Republican-controlled legislature to help strengthen safety measures in response to rise in COVID-19 cases. Whitmer is requesting the Legislature to enact a state law that would require mask wearing -- however, it is unknown if one is coming. Currently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have required face masks to be worn in public places under an emergency health order. With COVID-19 case numbers continuing to rise and virus hospitalizations increasing, Whitmer and health officials say a rise in COVID deaths is expected. READ: COVID-19 spike leads to surge at Michigan hospitalsREAD: Khaldun: Models show Michigan could see up to 100 daily COVID-19 deaths ‘at rate we’re going’
Michigan governor signs executive order requiring COVID-19 testing in prisons, jails
Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Saturday that will require coronavirus (COVID-19) testing protocols for Michigan Department of Corrections facilities. The order is effective immediately for jails that have not resumed inmate transfers. Jails that continued transfers under the previous version of the order have until Sept. 8 to comply. By reducing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails, we protect corrections officers and their families, incarcerated people, and the whole community, Whitmer said. The Michigan Department of Corrections has been a leader for states across the country in COVID-19 response.
Corrections transportation officer in Detroit dies after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19)
DETROIT – A transportation officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections died after contracting coronavrius (COVID-19), officials said Wednesday. MORE: What the CDC says you should do if you believe you have coronavirus (COVID-19)How COVID-19 SpreadsPerson-to-person spreadThe virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Prevention & TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).