The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, May 18, 2020

Posted at 4:07 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 04:12:08-04

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12:51 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce a partial reopening of some of the state on Monday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports that Whitmer will make the announcement during her press conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

According to the AP, retail businesses in the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula will be able to open, including bars and restaurants. Those places must be at 50% capacity.

12:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered furloughs or reduced hours for 200 Oakland County employees. The temporary cuts, confirmed today by a county spokesman, affect court-related positions and began on May 4.

As county courts continue to perform only essential services during the pandemic, 47 employees have been furloughed and 153 others are now working reduced schedules, according to spokesman Bill Mullan. Furloughed employees will retain their seniority and benefits.

Mullan said that the cuts are not being made to fill a budgetary hole, but instead to meet a significantly reduced demand for services.

7:23 a.m.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department have recently started testing for COVID-19 in untreated sewage.

DWSD and MSU began a virus research project in November 2017 to determine if viruses can be detected in the city's sewer collection system. Originally, the project was to detect known viruses.

Now, with funding and expertise from the Great Lakes Water Authority, they are now working to trace the COVID-19 oubreak.

“Detroit has been at the forefront of testing and providing the community resources during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a release. “This project with MSU [launched in 2017] again shows that we have a forward-thinking and collaborative mentality that puts the community first.”

6:43 a.m.

Uber rides are about to change. Starting Monday, both drivers and passengers are required to wear face coverings during rides.

The company announced the new policy last week in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19.

Drivers will need to snap a photo before each pick-up. These mask selfies will verify with Uber that the driver is following the safety measure.

4:06 a.m.

The Big 3 opened back up late Sunday night for the third shift ahead of the official opening on Monday morning.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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