The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Posted at 4:18 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 04:28:42-04

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2 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to announce further expansion of testing at state fairgrounds, discuss employment opportunity with DPD. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.


8:36 a.m.

The Macomb County Public Works Office announced Wednesday it has started a program to sample and study sewage to trace hotspots for COVID-19.

The county is working with Oakland University and Michigan State University on the project. The goal, according to the county, will be to provide an online dashboard to allow people to see the data for themselves.

5:48 a.m.

The Red Cross is reporting a sharp drop in blood donations since the COVID-19 pandemic hit – a slow down during the stay-at-home orders. The organization says there's a critical shortage of African-American blood, in particular.

Many people depend on blood transfusions, including those living with sickle cell disease. Medical experts say somewhere between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia – most of African descent.

5:03 a.m.

Walt Disney World is presenting its plans for reopening after being shuttered along with Florida’s other theme parks since mid-March because of the new coronavirus.

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. If Demings signs off on them, the plans will be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval.

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