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Michigan’s top doc: No signs yet of ‘community spread’ of coronavirus

Michigan’s top doc: No signs yet of ‘community spread’ of coronavirus

March 12, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is bracing for more cases, but has no backlog of tests after three state residents tested positive for the virus, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun told lawmakers Thursday.

Michigan is ‘flying blind’ on coronavirus without more testing, experts say

Michigan is ‘flying blind’ on coronavirus without more testing, experts say

March 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Health experts say testing needs to ramp up to better track and slow down the spread of the virus. The state says it currently has capacity to test for 1,300 cases of the disease.

Washtenaw school districts first in Michigan to close due to coronavirus

Washtenaw school districts first in Michigan to close due to coronavirus

March 12, 2020 | Ron French

Seven districts in Washtenaw County are moving to online-only learning beginning Monday, March 16. Districts around the state are wrestling with the pros and cons of closing as Ohio announced it was shutting its public schools.

Coronavirus is here. And Michigan’s public health system is underfunded.

Coronavirus is here. And Michigan’s public health system is underfunded.

March 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

Michigan has the lowest rate of public health funding in the Midwest, and local governments may strain to provide other services in the wake of the coronavirus.

These Michigan colleges shut down because of coronavirus concerns

These Michigan colleges shut down because of coronavirus concerns

March 11, 2020 | Ron French

Universities across the state stop holding in-person classes, as of Wednesday. Others will move online after spring break.  

Fever, but must work. Will coronavirus change paid sick leave in Michigan?

Fever, but must work. Will coronavirus change paid sick leave in Michigan?

March 11, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Restaurant and direct care workers with no paid sick leave could increase coronavirus risk for Michigan, which currently exempts businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being compelled to offer paid leave.

States are taking drastic measures to contain coronavirus. Is Michigan next?

States are taking drastic measures to contain coronavirus. Is Michigan next?

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Michigan should consider containment, bans on gatherings to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the coronavirus, experts say. ‘If I overdo it, so be it,’ one expert says.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

March 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.

Coronavirus fears shutter Michigan university classrooms

Coronavirus fears shutter Michigan university classrooms

March 11, 2020 | Ron French

The state's public universities have told students not to attend classes in person as schools scramble to convert to virtual learning. Some students were told to go home, others are staying on campus.

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the cases late Tuesday involving two residents who recently traveled, one internationally.

Detroit to offer $25 water restorations as coronavirus fears mount

Detroit to offer $25 water restorations as coronavirus fears mount

March 9, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Detroit is offering to turn back on water for $25 to halt the spread of coronavirus, and for 30 days, the state of Michigan will pick up the tab for those who can’t afford it, Mayor Mike Duggan announced.

Cow dung won’t stop coronavirus and you can open Amazon boxes from China

Cow dung won’t stop coronavirus and you can open Amazon boxes from China

March 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

Cons and conspiracies abound in Michigan as residents brace for coronavirus. Now would also be a good time to tell you not to drink bleach.

Coronavirus fears renew calls for Gov. Whitmer to end Detroit water shutoffs

Coronavirus fears renew calls for Gov. Whitmer to end Detroit water shutoffs

March 2, 2020 | Joel Kurth

One day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer denies a request for a health emergency in Detroit’s water shutoffs, activists again are seeking another one, saying that living without water could spread coronavirus.

State 'may not have' needed supplies if coronavirus spreads in Michigan

State 'may not have' needed supplies if coronavirus spreads in Michigan

February 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

The state’s top doctor says Michigan has enough supplies “for now,” but is limited in specialized masks and other items if coronavirus hits. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activates emergency center in “abundance of caution.”

Michigan schools scramble to plan for a potential coronavirus outbreak

Michigan schools scramble to plan for a potential coronavirus outbreak

February 27, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Would schools close for weeks at a time? Would lessons be online? What if a student travels overseas? Michigan districts are creating protocols on the fly to address a possible outbreak.

How to prepare for coronavirus in Michigan. Step 1: Breathe

How to prepare for coronavirus in Michigan. Step 1: Breathe

February 26, 2020 | Robin Erb

Health experts say the COVID-19 coronavirus is on its way. As hospitals and health systems prepare, simple steps can help protect you and your loved ones.

As U.S. braces for coronavirus, Detroit hospital sets up 5 patient rooms

As U.S. braces for coronavirus, Detroit hospital sets up 5 patient rooms

February 25, 2020 | Robin Erb

A CDC official said the virus’s spread to the United States is inevitable, which is why Michigan officials are preparing as they battle flu cases. In one Detroit hospital ‘negative pressure rooms’ await patients.   

5th Michigan person being tested for coronavirus had traveled to China

5th Michigan person being tested for coronavirus had traveled to China

February 8, 2020 | Robin Erb

The Oakland County resident had a travel history to China, said a state health department spokeswoman, who added that the person was not stopped or screened at Detroit Metro airport. 

The first line of defense against coronavirus: Try soap, not a mask

The first line of defense against coronavirus: Try soap, not a mask

February 7, 2020 | Robin Erb

As health officials marshal resources to contain a new  coronavirus, which hasn't hit Michigan, there are simple steps anyone can take to reduce risks. You don’t need special equipment. 

As Michigan braces for coronavirus, H1N1 quietly makes a comeback

As Michigan braces for coronavirus, H1N1 quietly makes a comeback

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

A small lab at the University of Michigan is one of five U.S. sites that monitor influenza viruses to gauge vaccine effectiveness. The lab also is monitoring coronavirus developments as part of a federal effort.

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