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Michigan reports more than 55K COVID-19 cases, 5,266 deaths

BY: - May 26, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Tuesday that 55,104 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,266 have died from the virus — an additional 223 cases and 26 deaths since Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office also announced the rollout of a new online dashboard for COVID-19 risk and trend data […]

Michigan's Department of Corrections

State completes testing all prisoners for COVID-19

BY: - May 24, 2020

The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) also issued an update on its large-scale COVID-19 testing efforts. Starting mid-April, the DOC partnered with the Michigan National Guard to test every prisoner at the state’s six prisons in the Upper Peninsula. After concluding that process in just five days, the department turned to Michigan’s lower peninsula on […]

Michigan reports more than 53K COVID-19 cases, 5,129 deaths

BY: - May 21, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Thursday that 53,510 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,129 have died from the virus.  This is an additional 501 cases and 69 deaths since Wednesday. The state also notes that 31 of Thursday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital […]

DOC: Michigan will soon be 1st state to test all prisoners for COVID-19

BY: - May 19, 2020

By Friday, the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) says that the Great Lakes state could be the first in the nation to test every single prisoner at its state-owned correctional facilities for COVID-19. “Right now we’ve tested about 31,000 prisoners — and in Michigan right now, we have about 36,500 [total]. So just about 5,000 […]

Detroit man could get 20 years in prison after alleged threat to kill Whitmer, Nessel

BY: - May 15, 2020

Robert Tesh, 32, of Detroit has been charged with false report of threat of terrorism after he allegedly made on April 14 “credible threats to kill” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Tesh allegedly made the threat while he was speaking with an acquaintance on a social media messenger app, according to a […]

‘It’s hell’: COVID-19 concerns grow at federal immigrant prison in Baldwin

BY: - May 10, 2020

Sixteen staff members at Michigan’s only private, for-profit immigrant prison in the rural village of Baldwin have been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday. But for loved ones of the inmates housed there, that’s where their access to clear COVID-19 information at the North Lake Correctional Facility ends. The owner of […]

National Guard to test 7,500 U.P. prisoners for COVID-19 by Saturday

BY: - May 4, 2020

Starting Monday, the Michigan National Guard is stepping in to help the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) test inmates for COVID-10 at all six of the Upper Peninsula’s state prisons in just six days. The U.P. correctional facilities have, so far, seen few tests. As of Sunday evening, just 108 tests had been done between […]

Michigan reports more than 39K COVID-19 cases, 3,500 deaths

BY: - April 28, 2020

There are now 39,262 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,052 cases since Monday. The state also reports 160 more Michiganders have died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 3,567. The […]

Breaking: 9 inmates at Baldwin immigrant prison test positive for COVID-19

BY: - April 20, 2020

Updated, 9:32 p.m., 4/20/20, with Monday’s numbers for the Milan facility and comment from No Detention Centers in Michigan Nine inmates at Michigan’s only private, for-profit federal immigrant prison have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DHHS spokesperson Lynn Sutfin said all nine of the cases […]

Michigan reports 27K COVID-19 cases, 1,700+ deaths

BY: - April 14, 2020

There are now 27,001 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,366 cases since Monday. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. […]

Breaking: 3 staffers at Baldwin immigrant prison test positive for COVID-19

BY: - April 13, 2020

Updated, 5:53 p.m. with Monday’s numbers for the Milan facility. Three employees at a federal immigrant prison in Baldwin have tested positive for COVID-19, the Advance confirmed Monday. A spokesperson for the owner of the private prison, Florida-based GEO Group, said that no inmates have tested positive at the North Lake Correctional Institute, although it […]

‘All lives matter’: Activists want more prisoners freed as COVID-19 spreads

BY: - April 12, 2020

Updated, 11:16 a.m., 4/13/20 COVID-19 has found its way into the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC), impacting staff and incarcerated individuals alike. There have been 391 confirmed prisoner cases and nine deaths as of Saturday, as well 154 staff cases and two deaths. Now criminal justice activists are calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to up her […]