Coronavirus Crisis: Latest Updates
Last updated at 12:45 p.m. April 1
Updated 12:45 p.m. – A recent survey conducted by the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association to measure the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the restaurant industry in Michigan estimates a loss of $491 million in sales and more than 72,000 jobs during the first 22 days of March.
Updated 12:00 p.m. – A local EMT and firefighter from Fife Lake is on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in California.
Updated: 11:00 a.m. – Goodwill is now working with Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City to provide daily day shelters. Safe Harbor’s daily day shelter begins Thursday, April 2, from 1-4 p.m.
Updated 8:17 a.m. – The U.S. has reached more than 4,000 deaths, but the Trump administration says that number could end up reaching as many as 240,000.
The president’s message appeared to take a more somber tone during the briefing.
But he tempered his comments with some optimism. Read more here.
Updated 9:00 p.m. – The Attorney General’s office denied a request from Jo-Ann Fabrics to stay open.
A man has died of coronavirus in in Emmet County.
The White House released projections of how they expect the pandemic to progress.
Updated 4:24 p.m. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned Michiganders on Tuesday to beware of scammers claiming to be from at least two public health departments, including the Benzie Leelanau Public Health Department.
Updated 3:02 p.m. – Health official say there are now 7,615 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 259 people have died from the virus.
Updated: 2:38 p.m. – The Chippewa County Health Department announced Tuesday that it has confirmed a second positive COVID-19 case. Although the individual is a resident of Chippewa County, the person has not resided within the county for several weeks. Therefore, the risk to the general community is considered very low.
Updated 2:33 p.m. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that it has closed the Tippy Dam Recreation Area in Manistee County, effective immediately, to better protect visitors, staff and nearby communities after seeing a surge in visitors over the last two weeks.
Updated 12:41 p.m. – The annual Mesick Mushroom Festival, which was slated for May 8-10, has been canceled.
State Representative Triston Cole is asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to allow more businesses to open back up.
The Michigan State Police Post in Cadillac is warning residents in the area to not fall victim to COVID-19 scams.
Updated 8:50 a.m. – Oscoda County has confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19, a man and a woman.
The health department says they are both in isolation and in good condition at this time. Those in close contact with the patients will also be quarantined.
Updated 7:38 a.m. – Angels of Action in Big Rapids has almost doubled its food output for students, and says it needs donations to keep up the good work. Just $5 can provide a family with a bag of food.
Updated 10:34 p.m. – The governor issued an executive order banning non-essential veterinary procedures. She said that while there is no evidence that pets can transmit the coronavirus, this will help with social distancing.
Updated 8:19 p.m. – Central Michigan University has rescheduled their spring commencement ceremonies for the weekend of August 15, 2020.
Updated 7:14 p.m. – Health officials are warning the public about a possible exposure site in Luce County. They say an employee at Zellar’s Village Inn in Newberry worked at the the restaurant on March 17, 2020.
Updated 5:40 p.m. – District Health Department #10 reports the second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in a Mecosta County resident. DHD#10 is working quickly to investigate this case and to determine if there were any close contacts to this individual.
Updated 5:00 p.m. – Ford Motor Company announced Monday that it will begin producing ventilators, with the goal of producing 50,000 ventilators in 100 days and up to 30,000 per month thereafter as needed.
Updated 4:27 p.m. – The Grand Traverse Co. Health Department is sharing a message for seasonal homeowners.
They say anyone traveling to the county from a high-risk area should self-quarantine for 14 days.
Updated 3:05 p.m. – Health official say there are now 6,498 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 184 people have died from the virus.
Updated 2:38 p.m. – A Kalkaska County man who tested positive for COVID-19 last week has died.
Updated 12:53 p.m. – Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County.
According to the health department, community acquired transmission was determined to be a factor in one of the new cases.
Updated 11:18 a.m. – A new partnership will help restaurants sell food and pantry items.
Before this agreement, they could only sell food to grocery and retail stores.
The Michigan National Guard will aid food banks in four communities across Michigan, with 10 Michigan National Guard members serving at each site.
If you still want those Thin Mints while you’re staying at home, the Girl Scouts have you covered with online cookie sales.
Updated 8:55 a.m. – Right now, many doctors are using tests that take days. But that could change.
The FDA approved a new coronavirus test that can deliver results in just 15 minutes.
Updated 7:12 a.m. – Supplies and medical ships have been sent to the hardest-hit areas of the U.S.
Updated 5:22 a.m. – The number of new coronavirus patients across Michigan jumped by nearly 2,000 this weekend.
According to the state, there are now at least 5,486 cases with 132 deaths.
Michigan now has the third most in the country, with more cases than California, Illinois and Washington.
Antrim and Cheboygan counties announced their first cases of coronavirus on Saturday.
Updated 9:05 p.m.- Governor Whitmer has issued a new executive order to loosen some laws in order for qualified medical professionals to treat patients affected by COVID-19.
Updated 8:03 p.m.- Governor Whitmer has issued a new executive order to protect inmates and juvenile detention residents during the outbreak.
Updated 7:39 p.m.- District Health Department #10 reports the second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in an Wexford County resident. Officials are working quickly to investigate this case and to determine if there were any close contacts to this individual.
Updated 4:14 p.m. –Governor Whitmer is moving forward on plans to create a makeshift hospital in Detroit. The TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Hall, will host around 900 patients when space runs out at local hospitals. FEMA says they’ll fund construction of the site.
-Americans can expect coronavirus-relief checks to be direct-deposited within 3 weeks.
On Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also says he wants small businesses to hire-back workers.
-The National Guard will deploy four people to Montcalm County to assist in the fight against coronavirus. The men and women are logistics and data specialists and they’ll be gathering and disseminating information in the region.
Updated 11:59 p.m. – The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled. Its venue will be used for a makeshift hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 11:47 p.m. – A Michigan National Guard unit is being called in to help the federal response to the coronavirus.
Updated 9:07 p.m. – With healthcare systems facing incredible stress from the coronavirus pandemic, the state of Michigan is asking for volunteers to sign-up through a new website, michigan.gov/fightcovid19.
Updated 3:52 p.m. – President Trump has approved the Major Disaster Declaration request for Michigan. The approval of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request means the state can now get assistance from FEMA to combat the coronavirus.
Updated 3:42 p.m. – Health officials say there are now 4,650 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. That figure is up nearly 1,000 cases since Friday. Oceana County says it has a second confirmed case. The Grand Traverse County Health Department says there are now five cases in its region. They asking anyone coming into Grand Traverse County from regions with high levels of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Updated 7:15 p.m. – As reports of price gouging related to coronavirus disease near 2,000, the Michigan Department of Attorney General has sent a cease and desist letter to DiaMedical USA Equipment Inc. for marketing face masks at exceptionally high prices. DiaMedical USA Equipment Inc. is located in Bloomfield Hills.
Updated 5:30 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday that pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated 5:20 p.m. – A Missaukee County man who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week has died.
Updated 3:09 – Health official say there are now 3,657 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 92 people have died from the virus.
Updated 2:49 p.m. – Osceola County is reporting its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Updated 2:10 p.m. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion spending bill aimed at bringing some financial relief to American families and businesses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 1:36 p.m. – Small businesses impacted by coronavirus can now apply for the Michigan Small Business Relief Program’s grants and loans.
Updated 10:50 a.m. – Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) says one of its hospital employees tested positive for COVID-19.
According to MSHS, the employee works at their St. Ignace campus.
Updated 8:41 a.m. – The U.S. has now surpassed China and Italy in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
But President Trump may be moving toward loosening his administration’s social distancing guidelines.
Updated 7:37 a.m. – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The prime minister was showing mild symptoms and is currently self-isolating.
Johnson will still remain in charge of the government’s coronavirus task force.
Updated 7:09 p.m. – According to John Hopkins University, the U.S. now leads world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Central Michigan University reports two students have tested positive for coronavirus. After traveling to a different state for spring break, one returned to a campus residence hall — and has been on campus in the last 24 hours — and the other returned to a permanent residence in another city. The student on campus is now isolated in accordance with guidance from the CDC and will return to their permanent residence tomorrow. For more information, click here.
Updated 5 p.m. – A member of Michigan’s House of Representatives has tested positive for coronavirus.
Updated 4:45 p.m. – Crawford County has reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Updated 2:15 p.m. – Health official say there are now 2,856 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan and 60 deaths.
The state now says 60 people have died from the virus.
Updated 1:26 p.m. – The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from May to Aug. 23.
Updated 12 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer officially asked for help from the federal government Thursday.
If granted, a disaster declaration like this will open up funding, loans and resources for Michigan as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths climb across the state.
Updated 10:30 a.m. – A man has died of coronavirus in Mecosta County.
District Health Department #10 says the 82-year-old Mecosta County man was admitted to Spectrum Health in Big Rapids on March 25.
Updated 10:12 a.m. – The first positive case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Oceana County.
Missaukee County is also reporting its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Updated 9:08 a.m. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will address the state Thursday at 11 a.m.
We will be airing that for you live on local 32, streaming on Facebook, the SBTV app and our website livestream here.
And after that, the governor will hold a virtual town hall.
The virtual town hall is being hosted by Wood TV8 in Grand Rapids. You can ask questions live by phone or video chat.
Questions can also submitted through an online form.
And tune in to the virtual town hall on our sister station Local 32, streaming on our website and the SBTV app.
Updated 7:29 a.m. – As the nation’s battle against the coronavirus ramps up, the USNS Comfort hospital ship is deploying to New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.
Updated 6:37 a.m. – The Senate passed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 11:44 p.m. – Gov. Whitmer signed an Executive order allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days worth of supply for patients and require insurers to cover these emergency refills during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 9:35 p.m. – McLaren Northern Michigan tells us that one COVID-19 patient was a safely discharged in Emmet County.
The Grand Traverse County Office of Emergency management issued a declaration of emergency.
Updated 8:29 p.m. – Health officials confirm the first COVID-19 case in a Mecosta County resident. They are working to investigate this case and to determine if there were any close contacts with the individual.
Updated 5:42 p.m. – Gov. Whitmer Signed an executive order temporarily allowing the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Unemployment Insurance Agency, and other administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings. This order also allows e-signatures in place of written signatures on documents.
AG Nessel joined a coalition of attorneys general today urging Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, Craigslist, to more rigorously monitor price-gouging practices by online sellers using their services.
Updated 2:15 p.m. – Health official say there are now 2,295 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 43 people have died from the virus.
Updated 1:53 p.m. – A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Kalkaska County.
Updated 11:25 a.m. – The Mackinac Policy Conference will be pushed back because of COVID-19 concerns.
Updated 11:18 a.m. – Because of the coronavirus, the 60th National Morel Mushroom Festival has been canceled this year in Boyne City.
It was scheduled for May 14-17.
Organizers say they plan to bring the festival back in 2021.
Updated 11:08 a.m. – The LMAS District Health Department announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in Luce County.
Updated 8:59 a.m. – Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus is 3,434, now second highest to only Italy, which has 6,820.
Updated 6:47 a.m. – The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 71-year-old Prince of Wales has started to show mild symptoms but is in good condition right now.
He has been self-quarantining in Scotland.
Updated 1:38 a.m. – Congress and the White House have reached a deal on a $2 trillion bipartisan stimulus package to help American workers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
Full details have not yet been released, but the breakdown looks like this: $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits, and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
It’s of the most expensive measures in the history of Congress. The Senate is expected to vote on it later before sending it on to the House.
Then President Trump will need to sign it into law.
Updated 10:30 p.m. – The state is now urging residents that any complaints related to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order should be directed to local law enforcement.
Updated 8:36 p.m. – During President Trump’s press conference today he said he wants to see the country ready and raring to go by Easter. The Senate is close to finalizing a stimulus plan to jump start the economy.
Updated 7:10 p.m. – MDHHS announced three cases of coronavirus among patients at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline and Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland.
Updated 4:54 p.m. – Meijer announced Tuesday that effective immediately, it is temporarily suspending bottle returns at all of its stores.
Updated 3:55 p.m. – A priest at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Manistee has tested positive for COVID-19.
Updated 3:09 p.m. – Health official say there are now 1,791 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 24 people have died from the virus.
Updated 3:00 p.m. – A passenger who flew through Cherry Capital Airport has tested positive for COVID-19.
Updated 1:33 p.m. – Another case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Newaygo County. District Health Department #10 says it’s the county’s second confirmed COVID-19 case.
Updated 12:38 p.m. – India’s prime minister decrees lockdown of country of 1.3 billion for 21 days, according to the Associated Press.
Updated 11:15 a.m. – Two new confirmed coronavirus cases in northern Michigan.
And because of the pandemic, you will now have to wait a full year for the 2020 Olympics.
The Grand Traverse County Health Department reported two more cases of COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County.
The first is a man in his 50s with a history of domestic travel.
The second is a woman in her 60s also with a history of domestic travel.
This development comes just about 24 hours after Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-at-home order for all non-essential workers and businesses.
In addition to two new local cases, the International Olympic Committee postponed this summer’s Tokyo games for a year.
They will take place in 2021, but will still be called the 2020 Summer Olympics.
A member of the Detroit Police Department has died from the coronavirus.
Plus, congressional leaders and the White House say they expect to reach a deal Tuesday on a nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package.
The state says there are 1,325 confirmed cases in Michigan.
Fifteen people have died from the virus so far.
The state will updates these numbers every day at 2 p.m.
These are all the counties in our viewing area with confirmed cases: Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clare, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee Midland, Montcalm, Newaygo, Otsego, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.
It’s important to note that the state does not yet list Isabella County, but the Central Michigan Health Department says it was notified of a confirmed case there.
Worldwide cases are now nearing 400,000 with more than 17,000 deaths.
That’s a thousand more deaths than when we updated you Monday afternoon.
The total number who have recovered from the virus so far stands at nearly 103,000.
Updated 10:23 a.m. – Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County.
Updated 9:04 a.m – A for medical supplies is hitting across the U.S. Spectrum Health says it has received an “outpouring of community inquiries and offers of support.”
In response to the public’s desire to help, it is opening 14 drop-off sites for donations.
Updated 9:02 a.m – Congressional leaders continue to battle over a $2 trillion spending plan to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats blocked another procedural vote Tuesday, arguing it’s more of a corporate bailout than a help to the health crisis.
Updated 8:38 a.m – Japan’s prime minister says the International Olympic Committee has agreed to postpone the Olympics for one year.
Updated 7:47 a.m – In an attempt to save the economy, the Federal Reserve is taking drastic steps to make borrowing easier for banks and other large entities.
And the president said he’s confident the country will be back open for business in a matter of weeks instead of months, despite warnings from his own health experts.
Updated 6:44 a.m. – As critical medical supplies run short across America, several governors are now calling on President Trump to use the Defense Production Act to compel businesses to start making more.
At the same time, the president signed an executive order Monday making it against the law to hoard medical supplies in the U.S. with the intention of selling them at inflated prices.
Updated 1:50 a.m. – Grocery stores are on the list of essential services that are not affected by the Governor’s executive order.
While Oleson’s Food Store was not erupting into chaos when reporter Bill Froehlich visited on Monday, Gov. Whitmer’s Stay-at-Home order was on shoppers minds.
Updated 8:45 p.m. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, it will close state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters, effective now through at least April 13.
In President Trump’s press conference today, he said that they will be cracking down on hoarding and price gouging and bidding of personal protective equipment.
Updated 4:49 p.m. – A confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported in Manistee County.
This marks Manistee County’s first confirmed case of coronavirus.
Updated 4:16 p.m. – The Traverse City Track Club announced Monday that it is canceling its 2020 Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated 4:13 p.m. – The coronavirus pandemic will delay this year’s summer games in Tokyo.
A member of the International Olympic Committee told USA Today that the games will be postponed due to the pandemic.
The committee member said the games would likely be pushed back to 2021.
Details are expected to be sorted out over the coming weeks.
Canada had already announced it would not send athletes to represent it if the games were held as scheduled.
Updated 2:29 p.m. – Health official say there are now 1,328 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
The state now says 15 people have died from the virus.
Kalkaska County is also reporting its first positive case of coronavirus.
Updated 12:38 p.m. – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an immediate cease-fire in conflicts around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 12:01 p.m. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state will be under a stay-at-home order starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
It comes as the state as climbed from zero to more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in 13 days.
Governor Whitmer issued the stay-at-home order at a press conference Monday morning.
The state now says 15 people have died from the virus.
Updated 8:56 a.m. – The U.S. Senate is planning a procedural vote Monday on a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package in an effort to soften the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated 8:00 a.m. –Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are set to hold a press conference Monday addressing how the state is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
Updated 6:42 a.m. – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in self-quarantine after a doctor who gave her a vaccination tested positive for coronavirus.
Merkel’s spokesman said yesterday the chancellor will continuously be tested while in isolation, but he said a test at this early stage would not be reliable.
Merkel is expected to continue her full workload from quarantine.
Updated 7:39 p.m. – At least four new cases of the novel coronavirus were announced Sunday in Chippewa, Otsego and Roscommon County. McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey says a patient in their COVID isolation unit has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Updated 4:23 p.m. – Downstate media is reporting the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan is now at nine. They say it happened in Washtenaw County. Health officials describe the victim as an older man with underlying health conditions. This comes as the state’s latest count of confirmed cases is at 1,035.
Updated 6:07 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order today to temporarily close “non-essential” personal care services. This applies to businesses like hair, nail, and tanning salons, tattoo parlors and similar services that need people to be within 6 feet of each other.
Updated 5:55 p.m. -The state has released the latest results on COVID-19 testing in Michigan. The total number of confirmed cases has reached 787. There are now 6 deaths from the virus.
Updated 2:33 p.m. – Health officials have announced three new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Michigan.
One has been confirmed in Clare County while they are presumptive positive cases in Charlevoix County and Emmet Counties.
Updated 9:44 p.m. –Media from downstate said an Oakland County resident has died due to the coronavirus. This brings the state total to four.
On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined forces with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The Governors called on President Trump and Congress to ensure the automotive industry and the jobs it supports are able to weather the economic downturn.
Updated 5:23 p.m. – Wexford County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.
Updated 5:10 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she has no plans right now to tell Michiganders to shelter in place to stop the spread.
President Donald Trump echoed that position at the national level.
To help with the economic burden of the pandemic, the governor signed an executive order temporarily suspending evictions.
The state Department of Education sent a memo Friday saying online learning during mandated school closures cannot be counted as instructional time, meaning all the online schooling going on right now will not count toward schools’ annual requirements.
The deadline for filing your taxes has been moved back three months to July 15.
California and New York have ordered everyone except for essential services to shelter in place, with Illinois likely to follow suit.
Updated 2:31 p.m. – Health official say there are now 549 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
Updated: 1:25 p.m. – Pres. Trump announced that all federal student loan payments have been suspended without penalty “for at least 60 days.” He also announce the US and Mexico are closing the border to non-essential travel to curb the spread of the virus. The Trump administration will also restrict entry of people without documentation to the U.S.
Update 11:31 a.m. – The state Treasury Department is now offering collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders paying on past-due state tax debts or other state debts.
Updated 11:22 a.m. – As worldwide deaths surpass 10,000 in the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. is working on a $1 trillion rescue package.
This comes after California’s governor ordered all 40 million people there to stay home.
The deadline for filing your taxes has been moved to back three months to July 15.
The state updates its coronavirus numbers daily at 2 p.m.
Right now Michigan has 334 total confirmed cases with three deaths.
In our viewing area, there are cases in Leelanau, Otsego, Montcalm and Midland counties.
It was also confirmed in a woman from Charlevoix County, but she is being treated downstate.
Worldwide, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is nearing 247,000.
So far, more than 86,000 people who have had the virus have recovered.
Updated 7:59 a.m. – A Traverse City tent company has all hands on deck to send specialized medical tents to hospitals around the country.
Updated 7:33 a.m. – The entire state of California is under a shelter in place order Friday morning.
It’s the most restrictive order by a governor so far during the coronavirus pandemic.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the order late Thursday night.
It comes as the number of cases in the state and the U.S. continues to skyrocket.
The state-wide lockdown applies to most of California’s 40 million residents. But there are exceptions for people whose jobs are deemed essential, including health professionals, police and firefighters.
During his announcement, Newsom called the decision difficult but necessary.
“This is not a permanent state,” he said. “This is a moment in time, and we will meet this moment together and we will look back at these kinds of decisions as pivotal decisions. If we’re to be criticized at this moment, let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously. Let us be criticized for going full force and meeting this virus head on.”
It’s not clear how long the order will stay in place.
Updated 6:59 a.m. – Thousands of Americans have started to file for unemployment, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Updated 4:37 a.m. – Gov. Whitmer is asking the White House to fund Michigan’s National Guard in order to respond to the threat of the coronavirus.
They would be used to help distribute resources like food and supplies to impacted families and assist the state’s health department. For more information, go here.
Updated 5:48 p.m. – The Attorney General office has surpassed 800 consumer complaints of price-gouging related to coronavirus, as the office received a complaint of a new COVID-19 scam making an appearance in Michigan. An Oakland County resident reported being contacted via phone by scammers who said they could provide test kits as long as they prepaid for them. The person immediately recognized it was a scam and contacted the AG office.
Updated 4:14 p.m. – The State Department issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances, and to return home if they are already abroad unless they plan to remain overseas.
Updated 4:12 p.m. – The Michigan Lottery has temporarily closed its regional claim offices to the public.
Updated 2:33 p.m. – Health officials say there are now 334 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
Updated 2:33 p.m.– District Health Department #10 will close its offices to the public March 23 through April 5.
The health department says it will continue to provide as many services as possible to the public by appointment only.
Updated 1:39 p.m. – The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved economic assistance for small businesses around Michigan that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
Updated 12:30 p.m. – Central Michigan University announce it is canceling May commencement ceremonies.
Thursday morning Henry Ford Health System reported a coronavirus death of an 81-year-old patient. They say it happened Wednesday in Detroit.
Downstate media is reporting a death of a woman in her 50s at McLaren Oakland Hospital.
Midland County says it identified its first positive case of COVID-19.
They say it’s a woman with a history of international travel.
She has been in isolation in her home.
The Midland County Department of Public Health is now working with her to identify and contact others who may have been exposed.
Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced 30 additional cases, bringing the total to 110 in Michigan.
In Northern Michigan, cases have been confirmed in a Leelanau County man and an Otsego County man.
There is a woman from Charlevoix County with the virus, but she is being treated downstate.
Montcalm County declared a local state of emergency after a case was confirmed there.
Updated 9:01 a.m.
The AP reports Italy could surpass China in number of deaths from the coronavirus.
The nation’s large elderly population, overwhelmed health care system, and delay in demanding a lockdown for its outbreak epicenter are all possible causes.
Updated 8:41 a.m
The impact of the coronavirus is beginning to be felt in the labor market. The AP reports applications for unemployment benefits surged by 70,000 last week.
Updated 8:03 a.m
Two members of Congress have now tested positive for the coronavirus: Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Democrat Ben McAdams.
Diaz-Balart was the first of the two.
A physician is working with members of Congress who may have been exposed to the virus by Diaz-Balart and McAdams.
Both say they are working from home and are still focused on helping Americans impacted by the coronavirus.
Updated 7:44 a.m
President Trump is taking more steps in the national effort to combat the coronavirus in the U.S.
The president signed a $100 billion coronavirus relief package into law on March 18.
It includes provisions for free testing and paid emergency leave.
Lawmakers are also working on a trillion-dollar rescue package.
And President Trump invoked emergency powers to allow his administration to ask private companies to make necessary medical supplies, including face masks and ventilators.
But in the wake of this pandemic, the president also took a moment to applaud the public for how it’s been coping with the significant hurdles that have followed.
“I want to thank all Americans for pulling together, for coming together, for doing what they have to do. It’s been incredible, it’s been inspirational,” he said.
The Trump administration also wants money for the airline and hotel industries, help for small businesses, and direct payments for everyday Americans beginning next month.
Marc Short | Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, said ,”The economy is strong, the foundation of it, but the reality is there’s so many people impacted in the short term. So we need to make sure that action is taken quickly to give them the resources they need.”
Updated 6:44 a.m – After another brutal day on Wall Street, a big change is headed for the New York Stock Exchange.
Beginning Monday, the trading floor will be closed.
The news comes after a trader and an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Durng the closure, all trading will be done electronically.
And taking a look at how Wall Street did on March 18, the DOW lost more than 1,300 points, closing below 20,000 for the first time in three years.
The Index gave up nearly all of its gains since President Trump took office.
The Nasdaq also dipped, losing nearly 350 points.
And the S&P 500 Index lost about 130 points.
Stock futures aren’t looking much better, the DOW dipped more than 800 points in after-hours trading.
Updated 6:15 a.m. – In China, the number of new coronavirus cases is dwindling.
Health officials report only 34 new infections in the past day, all of which are people arriving from other countries. No new local infections were reported in China for the first time since the outbreak began last year in Wuhan.
Updated 2:03 a.m. – With 110 confirmed cases in the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the state on March 18.
In the Q&A portion of the address, she laid out the state’s priorities for who should get tested for the virus. She also said the need to prioritize tests means if she started exhibiting signs of the illness, she would do what other younger, healthier, low-risk people are being advised to do—self quarantine.
“Because is very important that with the tests that we have—because we’re still waiting on the federal government to give us more—that we prioritize who those tests are being given to.”
Updated 11:21 p.m. – The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered all trial courts statewide “to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took action against an individual selling high-priced products online through eBay as her department amps up efforts to pursue price-gougers. Consumer complaint hotline hours extended to the weekend.
Updated 9:42 p.m. – Gov. Whitmer signs executive order to expand the capacity for child care services for health care workers, first responders, and other members of the essential workforce providing critical infrastructure to people during this time.
Updated 9:12 p.m. – Ferris State University has made the decision to close all residence halls, apartments and suites on campus. Check out of Spring 2020 housing accommodations must be no later than Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m.
Updated 7:51 p.m. – Rep. Diaz-Belart of Flordia becomes first congressman with known positive test for coronavirus.
Updated 5:57 p.m. – The DNR has closed shooting ranges and restricted access at offices to appointment only.
The Michigan Army National Guard will be assisting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields. Once packaged, MDHHS will deliver the supplies to various local public health departments.
The New York Stock Exchange has moved temporarily to fully electronic trading.
Updated 5:05 p.m. – The governor says the new total for COVID-19 cases in Michigan is now 110. She also confirmed the first death in the state from the virus.
All this as work continues at the state and federal level to ease the burden of the coronavirus crisis.
The U.S. Senate passed coronavirus response measures providing sick leave and free testing.
It is now headed to the president’s desk for his signature.
President Donald Trump also announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend foreclosures and evictions through April.
He also said he will invoke the Defense Production Act to help out the private sector.
At the state level, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order extending the deadline to pay back taxes to the state and avoid foreclosure during the pandemic.
It moves the deadline from March 31 to May 29.
Again, the governor says the total Michigan cases now stands at 110.
The state website has not listed the specific counties yet.
The first death was a 50-year-old man with underlying medical conditions in Wayne County.
The most cases are in Oakland County, with 23 cases there.
Updated 4:30 p.m. – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says there are an additional 30 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Michigan. That brings the state total up to 110 cases.
The 30 cases is in addition to the 15 new cases of coronavirus in Michigan announced earlier in the day.
Updated 3:35 p.m. – The Census Bureau says its suspending field operations for the next two weeks to keep its workers and the public healthy and safe.
Updated 2:10 p.m. – Michigan officials have announced 15 new cases of coronavirus in Michigan. That brings the state’s total number of cases to 80. A man who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away at a downstate hospital Wednesday morning. He is the first confirmed coronavirus death in Michigan.
Updated 1:40 p.m. – Detroit’s three automakers have agreed to close all of their factories over worker fears about the coronavirus.
According to the Associated Press, automakers are expected to release details on the closure later today.
Updated 12:43 p.m. -Detroit’s three automakers have agreed to close all of their factories over worker fears about the coronavirus.
According to the Associated Press, automakers are expected to release details on the closure later today.
Updated 11:46 a.m. – The Mackinac Bridge Authority will stop accepting crash transactions March 21 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Starting Saturday, Mackinac Bridge customers will need to pay with a credit or debit card, or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker.
Updated 11:30 a.m. – Health officials confirmed coronavirus in a woman who flew through the Chippewa County International Airport earlier this week.
Wednesday morning President Donald Trump says the U.S. and Canada agreed to close the border to non-essential traffic for the time being.
Algoma Public Health in Canada says the woman flew through the airport March 15.
It’s now the first positive case in the Algoma region.
The health department says if you flew on Delta 4212 into Chippewa County International Airport on March 15 at around 10:45 p.m. to call your health care provider.
The patient has since been discharged from the Sault Area Hospital in Ontario and is now in self-isolation at home.
In Michigan there are 65 confirmed cases according to the state website.
As of Tuesday night, there are two more cases in northern Michigan.
One is a man in Leelanau County who is now being treated at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
The other is man in Gaylord isolating at home.
There is a woman from Charlevoix County with the virus, but she is being treated downstate.
Montcalm County declared a local state of emergency after a case was confirmed there.
The Michigan Department of Corrections says two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, both downstate.
Spectrum Health says one of its employees tested positive as well.
They say the worker is not in a direct patient care role.
Late Tuesday night Michigan lawmakers approved $125 million in emergency spending to curb the coronavirus crisis.
The bill passed with unanimous approval and will be signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
$50 million will go to Health and Human Services to help with health care capacity.
$75 million will go to coronavirus public health emergency and response funding.