Coronavirus cases surge in Michigan’s crowded prisons

March 27, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

With 24 cases of the potentially deadly virus confirmed in Michigan prisons by Friday, experts warn that Michigan’s jails and prisons could see a deluge of COVID-19 cases

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Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

March 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Nationally, more than 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That was more than four times the previous recorded high of 695,000 initial claims in October 1982.

What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus means for you and Michigan

March 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

It’s the biggest aid package in American history, pledging help for individuals, businesses and hospitals as much of the nation’s economy shuts down during the ongoing pandemic.

Northern Michigan to downstate residents: Stay home during coronavirus!

March 25, 2020 | Bob Campbell in Quality of Life

The mayors of Traverse City and Petoskey, and plenty of local residents, are putting out the unwelcome mat to people who own second homes in the region.

Michigan scrambles to salvage school year in wake of coronavirus

March 25, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

School and legislative leaders are meeting to determine how best to continue education if the coronavirus keeps classrooms closed for months.

Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

March 25, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Anna Clark, Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

Detroit, which faces a host of challenges, is the ‘epicenter’ of Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak. Some attribute that to testing. Others say city residents are more susceptible. All agree the rise burdens folks who are already suffering.

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Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

March 25, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

Do you need help with food or cash through this coronavirus crisis? Want to know where to go to help?  We have a list of Michigan resources. 

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

March 24, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Health Watch

Alcona County has high rates of diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses and hardly a doctor in sight. Residents here are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, when it hits.

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close

March 24, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Many small or rural hospitals were already struggling before COVID-19 forced them to halt the elective procedures that help pay the bills. They are looking largely toward the government to help them recover lost revenue.

Michigan adjusts to strange, empty world of coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Valerie von Frank, Robin Erb in Quality of Life

From empty streets to locked stores, Michigan residents awoke Tuesday morning to a state desperately trying to slow the spread of a potentially deadly virus.

How to give blood in Michigan during the coronavirus crisis

March 24, 2020 | Ashley Wong in Michigan Health Watch

Hospitals report a shortage of blood with the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives across the state. At the same time, prospective donors say they have faced obstacles in getting an appointment. Follow this advice.

As hospitals fill, Michigan eyes dorms and hotels for coronavirus patients

March 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan’s hospitals are becoming so overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients that officials are looking elsewhere for help. Even a Detroit velodrome is undergoing a deep clean in case it is needed.