On today’s show, we bring you a slew of short updates on the coronvirus situation in and around Detroit. The state on Wednesday reported 1,376 new confirmed cases and 114 deaths, bringing the overall total to 20,346 confirmed cases and 959 deaths. That might not seem like much to celebrate, but it’s the smallest jump in new daily cases since March 31. In Detroit, the epicenter of the outbreak in Michigan, Mayor Mike Duggan says testing at the former State Fairgrounds site is way ahead of projections.
Meanwhile, we cover lots of other coronavirus developments around the region:
- The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi is being converted into a 1,000-patient field hospital, the second in the region
- The coronavirus is expected to blow a huge hole in the city of Detroit’s budget, partly because the casinos are closed
- Thousands of employees of Detroit-area health systems are likely infected with COVID-19
- Electric vehicle startup Rivian will delay the start of production to 2021, from later this year, as coronavirus stalls its progress retooling its factory in Illinois
- GM won a U.S. government contract worth $489.4 million to cover its cost to build critically needed medical ventilator for coronavirus victims
- And Little Caesars and Kroger have both made announcements related to the pandemic.
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