Coronavirus / Covid-19

Muskegon Times

After all public universities in Michigan Wednesday canceled in-person classes in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday community colleges across West Michigan began following suit

A number of community and private colleges in West Michigan are telling students to stay home after Michigan officials say two people in Michigan have tested positive for the coronavirus infection.

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Mel Trotter

 Mel Trotter Ministries is taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 threat. We get an update.


Mar 13, 2020

 Minor League Baseball delays the start of the 2020 Championship season, starting/resuming play as it is safe to do so. How does this affect the Whitecaps? We discuss.

Task Force

Mar 13, 2020
Varnum Law

We discuss a cross disciplinary Task Force with Varnum Executive Partner Scott Hill, guiding clients through the myriad business challenges that the COVID-19 virus has created.

Mutual aid in the Era of Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020
Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network

To help slow down the spread of coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people to prepare for schools to close and to work from home. Yet these measures are much harder to do for certain people. 

“I was seeing conversations on my social media about the economic impact of this virus, including my own son who works as a mechanic and cannot stay home from work in order to get paid.” 

Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that, effective Monday, all of Michigan's public and private schools will closed through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases.

The announcement Thursday night came as officials said 10 more cases have been confirmed in Michigan, raising the tally to 12.

Officials say all the new cases are adults - three in Kent County; two in Oakland County; two from Washtenaw County; and one each from Ingham, St. Clair and Montcalm counties.

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The Michigan Senate has approved spending up to $25 million to combat the new coronavirus, and some K-12 schools are announcing temporary closures to train staff in case districts end face-to-face instruction and move to online learning. The supplemental budget approved Thursday bill will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once the House concurs with changes. The measure will allocate $10 million to state agencies for preparedness and response to COVID-19. The funding may cover monitoring, lab testing, contact tracing and infection control.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Medicaid patients will be allowed more access to tele-medicine services. The state Capitol is temporarily closed to school group tours. And the state’s top medical official testified before a state House Committee today  on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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As the new coronavirus makes its way across the country, and now arriving in Michigan, school officials are doing what they can to protect students from a possible outbreak in West Michigan. At the same time, they’re preparing in case building closures are necessary.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says gatherings of 100 or more people should be cancelled or postponed.  She says businesses should relax their sick leave policies.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, these recommendations are part of her response to the first reported cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says gatherings of 100 or more people should be cancelled or postponed.  She says businesses should relax their sick leave policies.