Coronavirus / Covid-19


Michigan officials say two people in the Detroit area have tested positive for the coronavirus infection. A woman in Oakland County had traveled outside the country, while a man from Wayne County had traveled within the U.S. They are in hospitals and are middle-aged.

Both cases will be reviewed by federal health experts. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and urged people to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces. More recommendations are expected in coming days.

Novel coronavirus

In the past. You know 10 to 20 years there have been a number of international public health scares whether it was avian influenza or Ebola or zika virus, there have been a number of things that have raised fears internationally and also here within the U.S., but ultimately we were not impacted vary significantly by those things and so we tend to have this assumption that we're protected by our distance from the rest of the world here in North America and also our reliance on medicine.

Novel coronavirus

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday urged residents to follow simple steps to help limit the spread of a new type of virus that has not been confirmed in Michigan but could be eventually.

People should wash their hands, not touch their face, replace handshakes with elbow or fist bumps and cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, she said.

“The main goal of these efforts is to help slow the spread of the virus,” Whitmer said. “I urge all Michiganders to take these recommendations very seriously and share this information with their friends, family and co-workers.”

Dr. Paul Isely, 2020 Economic Forecast, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points Monday as the spread of the coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. WGVU spoke with one local economist about what to expect as the coronavirus impacts the global workforce and supply chains.

“Right now the market is reacting to fear. It's a fear that's been building now with the supply chain disruption which is now reaching about a month long and so it's going to have some real effects on corporate profits."

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The economic impacts created by the coronavirus outbreak in China are rippling through the global supply chain. Curbing the spread of the disease, the Chinese government ordered the shutdown factories. It’s an order rippling through Michigan’s automotive industry. WGVU spoke with an attorney advising auto parts suppliers.

“If just one part in one assembly isn't delivered on time that could delay deliveries of products to a Ford or a Chrysler or General Motors and that could slow down production or a potentially stop production for a period of time.”

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The West Michigan economy remains soft. That’s the finding from the January Institute for Supply Management Research survey. There’s a tariff hangover and the coronavirus outbreak hindering the global economy.

The signing of the United States – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement will benefit Michigan businesses. Gone are the tariffs.

“There was a pretty stiff penalty that Canada had put on our auto parts going to Canada and most of that will be taken away.”