Coronavirus / Covid-19

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Tuesday October 6th @ 10:00pm on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE presents America’s Medical Supply Crisis examining why the United States was left scrambling for critical medical equipment as the coronavirus pandemic swept the county.

WGVU spoke with documentary’s correspondent.

“There’s a failure in the system it creates sheer and utter chaos.”

Narrator: “The coronavirus has exposed weaknesses in America’s medical supply chain.”

“It was early March when we first saw images of nurses wearing garbage bags.”

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Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have spent about $542,000 suing Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate and House released the figure to a liberal group, Progress Michigan, last week. It was the same day the state Supreme Court ruled against the governor in a similar lawsuit to the Legislature's. The Whitmer administration has quickly reinstituted a mask requirement and gathering limits under a law that's not an issue in the legal challenges.

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Michigan's health chief says he has "broad" legal authority to curb the coronavirus. Robert Gordon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday issued additional orders reinstituting restrictions negated by a state Supreme Court ruling and requiring schools to notify the public of infections. He told local health departments to inform K-12 schools within 24 hours of learning of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. A school must post it on its website.

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Public Health Departments across West Michigan are urging residents that despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders, everyone should continue wearing a mask indoors and practice social distancing. The court ruled on Friday that Whitmer did not have the legal authority to extend her executive powers after April 30th. Now public health departments across West Michigan say there is an immediate concern that people will stop taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, while putting others at risk.

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A Michigan group has submitted 539,000 signatures to repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlock Michigan is demanding that the veto-proof initiative be put before the Republican-led Legislature before year's end. It needs roughly 340,000 valid voter signatures for the bill to qualify and has a 200,000 cushion. State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, is investigating whether the ballot drive used illegal tactics.

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Bus riders are stranded in Detroit as drivers concerned about the coronavirus refused to report to work Friday. A union official says drivers are having conflicts with riders about wearing masks and facing other challenges. Detroit buses serve an average of 85,000 people a day. In March, early in the pandemic, drivers staged a strike over safety and the condition of their buses. In response, Detroit eliminated fares, promised more cleaning and told riders to enter and exit from the rear door only. Masks are mandatory.

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