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Dana Nessel

Michigan’s Attorney General is asking home improvement stores strictly abide by the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

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Low-income families are being especially hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Grand Valley State University is donating all produce grown from its educational farm to those who need it most.

The spring growing season is underway at Grand Valley State University’s educational farm. When students and farm volunteers were sent home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the administration suggested donating the crops.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday.

“No one is immune from this virus,” Whitmer said during a news conference at the Capitol. “Each of us responds differently to this disease, and that’s why we all must act as though we could be carrying it and stay home. Just one person with this virus can infect another 40.”


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Claims for unemployment benefits continued to skyrocket in Michigan last week during the coronavirus pandemic, when 311,000 people filed initial applications — more than double from the previous week.

The number of applications shattered the previous high of 128,000, which was set the prior week. The weekly record for new claims had been 77,000 in January 2009, during the Great Recession, which hit the state especially hard.

The unemployment system has been deluged. The website went down Tuesday before being restored.

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Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. But they have a moisture-absorbing chemical that was supposed to make them safe.áThe Nissan recall covers certain 2012 to 2017 NV Cargo and Passenger vans, the 2013 to 2015 Titan pickup and Armada large SUV, and the 2011 and 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV.

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The voluntary national distancing guidelines have been extended to the end of the month. In accordance, one Grand Rapids hotel operator is modifying its operations.

Grand Rapids AHC Hospitality is combating the spread of COVID-19 by consolidating its downtown hotel service.

As of April 1st, it’s suspending J.W. Marriott Grand Rapids operations. Last week, it suspended operations at the AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown and Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown.

Services are now consolidated under the roof of the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton.

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Protecting the public from the spread of the coronavirus led to executive orders closing or disrupting businesses. That has led to confusion navigating an economy mostly shut down by a pandemic. A coalition has formed providing resources assisting businesses and displaced employees.

The West Michigan COVID-19 Business Coalition is a potential solution for business owners seeking to cut through the confusion created by coronavirus mitigation strategies including social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses. 

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Pine Rest Christian Mental Services

Social distancing and the spread of COVID-19 is heightening anxiety. Pine Rest Christian Mental Services is experiencing an increase in patients seeking telehealth appointments. Pine Rest began transitioning from in-clinic to telemedicine appointments beginning March 17th. In an average month, it assists more than 400 patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked telehealth visits to 700 per day or 3,500 a week. “I don’t think I’ve I had a client that I’ve talked to that has not had concerns about COVID in some way.” Jean Holthaus is Pine Rest Telehealth Clinic Manager.

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Area hospitals are preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases in West Michigan coordinating with area partners adding hospital bed capacity.

Grand Rapids “Medical Mile” neighbors Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University have been preparing for a public health crisis. A plan 10 years in the making.

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The Kent County Health Department is issuing additional public health recommendations.

Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer's “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, it exempts businesses considered critical service providers. The Kent County Health Department is asking they take additional measures protecting their critical workforce.

“They should be taking reasonable measures to space patrons and their employees at least six feet.”

That’s Kent County Health Department Director, Dr. Adam London.