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Graphic by Tania Lili

Recoveries more than double deaths and are only poised to spike going into May, while the spread of the coronavirus plateaus. 

LANSING, MI — Recovery rates are poised to rise, new cases have continued to plateau and plans are forming to slowly bring Michigan’s economy back to life. 

In her press conference on the novel coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discussed her “MI Safe Start” plan. Whitmer consulted business leaders on determining what poses the lowest levels of risk and develop workplace protocols to mitigate the risk that can’t be avoided. 

Whitmer will be asking the legislature to extend the state of emergency declaration for 28 days.

“We should all take a moment to be proud of what we have achieved,” said Whitmer. “If we stay smart, we can lower the risk and protect more people.”

Whitmer said the state would monitor public health and remain nimble enough to pull back on its reignition plans if a second wave of infection begins to form. At the same time businesses will be directed to institute new policies to protect employees against the pandemic. Part of that is prohibiting workplace retaliation against anyone staying home because they believe they or a family member are sick.

Health and safety experts, business and labor leaders are working together to develop best practices and assess workplace risk to best decide when each individual section of the economy can be re-engaged. Masks, gloves and face-shields will be commonplace in work environments for the immediate future as part of mitigating that risk.

“There’s no hard and fast timeline here,” said Whitmer. “If we see a second wave coming, we’ll step back when necessary. There’s no on-and-off switch here.”

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The daily new deaths for Monday was down from Friday, dipping below a hundred again to 92 deaths. Daily confirmed cases also were much lower than last week, at only 432. This slowing of cases still represents the pandemic growing, but growing more slowly. 

Michigan’s total confirmed cases have reached 38,210, and the total deaths have reached 3,407. However, Michigan’s Case Fatality Rate has risen to nearly 9%. Whitmer compared these statistics to the 220,000 Michigan initially projected without social distancing and stay-at-home policies. 

However, as the CFR rises, so too do confirmed recoveries. As of Friday, 8,342 recovered from the coronavirus. That is more than double the number of those who have died. However, more than 25,000 Michiganders are in neither of those categories — confirmed to have coronavirus, and neither recovered nor dead. 

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That recovery number is only going to grow, though. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services counts someone as ‘recovered’ are those still alive 30 days after the onset of their symptoms. Meaning those marked ‘recovered’ in Friday’s numbers are those who were sick at the end of March. As has been shown in The ‘Gander’s daily coverage of coronavirus statistics, April’s considerable surge in total cases means that the number of cases considered recoveries will also start to surge into May. 

“I want to level with you, no one knows what the coming months will bring,” Whitmer admitted. “Stopping is simple … Re-engaging is complicated.”

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, noted that while cases are leveling off, they are not changing at the same rate in every county, and some rural locations with few cases are still at capacity.

According to the daily update from the state, the county-level breakdown is as follows:

  • Alcona: 4  
  • Allegan: 72 (1 death)
  • Alpena: 60 (2 death)
  • Antrim: 9  
  • Arenac:15 (1 death)  
  • Barry: 31 (1 death)
  • Bay: 122 (3 deaths)
  • Benzie: 4
  • Berrien: 217 (14 deaths)
  • Branch: 50 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 203 (11 deaths)
  • Cass: 27 (2 deaths)
  • Charlevoix: 13 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 17 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 2
  • Clare: 11 (1 death)
  • Clinton: 112 (9 deaths)
  • Crawford: 50 (3 death)
  • Delta: 11 (2 death)
  • Dickinson: 3 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 116 (6 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 1483 (165 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 11 (1 death)
  • Gogebic: 4 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 19 (5 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 10 (1 death)
  • Hillsdale: 114 (16 deaths)
  • Houghton 2
  • Huron: 13
  • Ingham: 413 (10 deaths)
  • Ionia: 47 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 41 (4 death)
  • Isabella: 57 (7 deaths)
  • Jackson: 341 (18 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 300 (12 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 17 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 1100 (34 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 164 (24 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 9
  • Lenawee: 84 (1 death)
  • Livingston: 319 (14 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 5
  • Macomb: 5245 (527 deaths)
  • Manistee: 11
  • Marquette: 42 (7 deaths)
  • Mason: 5
  • Mecosta: 14 (1 death)
  • Menominee: 3
  • Midland: 56 (3 death)
  • Missaukee: 15 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 275 (12 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 32 (1 death)
  • Montmorency: 5
  • Muskegon: 234 (13 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 14
  • Oakland: 6913 (631 deaths)
  • Oceana: 7 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 10
  • Osceola: 8
  • Oscoda: 4 
  • Otsego: 87 (8 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 191 (9 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 11
  • Roscommon: 13
  • Saginaw: 586 (47 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 34 (4 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 3
  • Shiawassee: 166 (8 deaths)
  • St Clair: 304 (18 deaths) 
  • St Joseph: 29 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 90 (13 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 36 (2 deaths)
  • Washtenaw: 1004 (55 deaths)
  • Wayne: 15,872 (1,622 deaths) (Detroit alone has 8679 cases and 950 deaths)
  • Wexford: 9 (2 deaths)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 1048 (37 deaths)
  • Federal Corrections Institute: 81 (1 death)
  • Unknown: 5 (1 death)
  • Out of State: 20 (1 death)

Total: 38,210 cases, 3,407 deaths

Gov. Whitmer also announced Monday that personal protection orders were extended because of the pandemic. This comes as an essential assist to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault who, as The ‘Gander reported, are increasingly relying on those orders when shelters seem like a health risk to many. 

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Data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report nearly a million cases nationally and almost 54,000 deaths. Despite cancelling the press briefing by the national coronavirus task force, President Trump will be using the time slot to hold his own news conference Monday evening announcing new testing guidelines. As a prelude to this press event, Trump repeated his oft-tweeted remark that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”