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Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

March 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Some hospitals are rationing gear to protect against COVID-19. A respiratory therapist said she has treated flu-like symptoms without an N95 mask. And Michigan’s governor is pleading for more protection gear.

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

March 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As Michigan logs its first COVID-19 death, new research finds 4 of 5 of deaths in the United States are those who are 65 and older. As a whole, Michigan may be at greater risk because it has one of the oldest populations in the nation.

Michigan schools asked to open emergency child care centers for ‘essential workers’

Michigan schools asked to open emergency child care centers for ‘essential workers’

March 18, 2020 | Ron French

In the latest sign of how bad things could get, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks schools to set up emergency child care centers for the children of “essential workers,” from doctors to grocery stockers, needed in the pandemic fight.

Social distancing be damned. Michigan nail salons and barbers still open

Social distancing be damned. Michigan nail salons and barbers still open

March 18, 2020 | Matt Jachman

Unlike other states, Michigan has yet to order the closure of barber shops and hair salons. But it sure is tough to get a blow-dry and curl and maintain a 6-foot distance.

Michigan business in brief: Big Three shut down over coronavirus fears

Michigan business in brief: Big Three shut down over coronavirus fears

March 18, 2020 | Tom Henderson

More than 60,000 auto workers in Michigan are affected by the closure of plants due to the coronavirus. Banks and credit unions also are moving to increase lending.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

In photos: In one week, coronavirus upends life in Michigan

In photos: In one week, coronavirus upends life in Michigan

March 17, 2020 | Bridge Staff

In one week, life has changed dramatically in Michigan, as the coronavirus has put life on hold, caused a rush on grocery stores and forced the closure of many public businesses.

Opinion | How colleges can help high school seniors during coronavirus crisis

Opinion | How colleges can help high school seniors during coronavirus crisis

March 17, 2020 | Patrick O'Connor

Now that the colleges have shut, it’s time for them "to do the right thing for future students—the high school seniors who will soon be choosing which college to attend," this guest author writes.

Michigan standardized tests may be put on ice this year due to coronavirus

Michigan standardized tests may be put on ice this year due to coronavirus

March 17, 2020 | Ron French

State education leaders have asked for a waiver to allow Michigan schools to ditch federally mandated testing this spring, due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

March 17, 2020 | Robin Erb

The new tests are meant to quicken results for those already hospitalized with symptoms, it will not speed up drive-up screening. Henry Ford expects to test up to 1,000 specimens daily in a month.

Coronavirus layoffs cascade across Michigan. ‘What will I do?’ workers ask

Coronavirus layoffs cascade across Michigan. ‘What will I do?’ workers ask

March 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Ron French

One day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shuts down restaurants and bars, workers fear the worst and wonder what bill to skip. One compares it to Russian roulette. Another stocks up on ramen and braces for long haul. 

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

March 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Tom Henderson

How bad will it get? Many economists agree a major downturn is coming along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of layoffs. But others say if the coronavirus is contained soon, the economy could roar back.

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

March 17, 2020 | Kelly House

For grocery workers tasked with serving Michigan customers during the coronavirus pandemic, a nagging question: Does my job put me in the virus’ crosshairs?

How Whitmer’s coronavirus order impacts Michigan $40B bar, restaurant sector

How Whitmer’s coronavirus order impacts Michigan $40B bar, restaurant sector

March 16, 2020 | Tom Henderson

Minutes before Gov. Whitmer ordered state restaurants and bars to close dine-in services, Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association, described to Bridge Magazine the dramatic impact the new coronavirus is already having.

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

March 16, 2020 | Scott A. Menzel

"Will we take the necessary measures to ensure lives are saved, or will we be mourning the loss of loved ones because of willful disregard of all the warning signs?" this Michigan school superintendent asks in this Guest Commentary.

The sobering reason Michigan day care centers are not yet shut down

The sobering reason Michigan day care centers are not yet shut down

March 16, 2020 | Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has closed schools, gyms, theaters and bars. Why not child care centers? The reason: So that medical workers and first responders who need to stay on the job have child care.

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

Coronavirus just closed your company. What’s next for Michigan workers?

March 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants and casinos to close, but she also expanded unemployment insurance benefits in ways that may help workers who lose their jobs or are furloughed.

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

March 16, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Hospitals are scrambling to create empty beds in anticipation of a wave of COVID-19 victims, a surge that could swamp the state’s health care system.

Opinion | Letter from a Michigan native on lockdown in Italy

Opinion | Letter from a Michigan native on lockdown in Italy

March 16, 2020 | Jason Arkles

Michigan is estimated to be two weeks behind Italy in the pandemic. A Jackson, Michigan, native living in Florence, Italy, sends an update on daily life, and what we might expect to come in this COVID-19 pandemic.

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

March 16, 2020 | Robin Erb

Providers are trying to limit COVID-19 testing to the sickest or most at risk of spreading the infection. But shifting criteria and a lack of available tests are causing confusion, even among some doctors.

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