The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Posted at 4:29 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 04:40:41-04

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9:13 p.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Wednesday an executive order that extends and adds to the current order expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits in the state.

The new executive order will expedite benefits for tens of thousands of residents who filed for unemployment, Whitmer's office said. Executive Order 2020-76 will allow the state to review only an individual's most recent job loss to determine their benefit entitlement.

“Nobody should have to worry about how to put food on the table or pay their bills, especially during a crisis. Michiganders everywhere have lost work because of COVID-19, and we must ensure they receive the benefits they’re entitled to as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will take us one step closer toward that goal by temporarily eliminating red tape as we continue to flatten the curve of this deadly disease.” More here.

3 p.m.

Operations at the temporary hospital inside the TCF Center are being paused, 7 Action News has learned.

According to the State of Michigan, health data regarding coronavirus is improving and hospital surge capacity overload is reducing due to the Stay Home, Stay Safe efforts.

As of Wednesday, there is one patient at the 1,000-bed center, and they stopped accepting new patients last week.

Also, used N95 masks will be delivered to the Battle Labs decontamination device at the TCF Center to help play a role in relief efforts.

The TCF Center regional care center will be ready to receive patients if the need arises throughout the state.


There are now 4,250 deaths and 45,054 cases of coronavirus in Michigan, according to the latest numbers released by the State of Michigan.

That's up 71 deaths and 657 cases from Tuesday, when there were 4,179 deaths and 44,397 cases.

Overall, 15,659 have recovered from the virus, according to the state. Those numbers are updated every Saturday, with the latest numbers coming tomorrow. Recovery includes confirmed COVID-19 cases who are 30 days out from their onset, but the pool will expand as the pandemic continues.

10 a.m.

Michigan's Republican leaders announced Wednesday they are filing a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency powers. Click here.

4:49 a.m.

General Motors is aiming to restart production in the United States and Canada later this month.

According to GM, they would like to restart the majority of manufacturing operations by May 18 "under extensive safety measures."

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

See all of our Helping Each Other stories.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.