Coronavirus / Covid-19

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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.         

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Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for older adults go to community college and partially revive the state's tourism advertising campaign. The supplemental bills won bipartisan approval from the Republican-led House on Tuesday and could be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday. The Democratic governor will sign the legislation. Some of the money will partly restore funding that she vetoed last fall amid a budget impasse over fixing the roads.

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Michigan State University is suspending face-to-face classes and moving to online instruction after the state's first two cases of coronavirus were announced. The move will last until April 20. School officials on Wednesday said they learned of a "probable case linked to our campus," which local health officials are investigating. Results from a test are pending. The university is urging students who do "purely remote work" to return to their permanent residences instead of staying on campus. But it will continue supporting those who need to stay in dorms and use dining facilities.

As coronavirus spreads so does reported incidents of racism

Mar 11, 2020

Last week, a cell phone video surfaced on social media showing a man on a New York City subway train arguing with a fellow passenger who is Asian, and then spraying Febreze air freshener at that passenger. This incident is one of the many ways anti-Asian sentiments are manifesting across the country according to Grand Valley State University professor Yan Yu, who studies racial relations within communities in the United Sates and among families in China.


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.

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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.