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As Michigan logs its first COVID-19 death, new research finds 4 of 5 of deaths in the United States are those who are 65 and older. As a whole, Michigan may be at greater risk because it has one of the oldest populations in the nation.
Some hospitals are rationing gear to protect against COVID-19. A respiratory therapist said she has treated flu-like symptoms without an N95 mask. And Michigan’s governor is pleading for more protection gear.
Providers are trying to limit COVID-19 testing to the sickest or most at risk of spreading the infection. But shifting criteria and a lack of available tests are causing confusion, even among some doctors.
Detroit has turned water back on to fewer than 100 homes despite a program that slashes reconnection fees to $25. City officials say they are racing to solve phone and contractor issues they blame for the delays.