Author: Joe Buczek

JUST IN: 12,744 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Michigan, 479 Deaths

Health officials say there are now 12,744 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. The state now says 479 people have died from the virus. The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m. Thursday the state was at 10,791 confirmed cases with 417 deaths. Two new cases of COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County were confirmed Friday, raising the county’s…

Focus Podcast: COVID-19 FAQ

As the coronavirus continues its exponential spread, there’s a lot of fear, anxiety and confusion about what’s going on. Dr. Christine Nefcy is the Chief Medical Officer with Munson Healthcare in Traverse City. She is answering some the most frequently asked questions about the pandemic, our response and staying safe. Categories: Coronavirus, Podcast – Focus

DNR Reminds Residents to Not Burn Yard Debris

With temperatures warming up, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents that permits for open burning of yard debris is still suspended across most of the state in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Campfires for warming and recreation, burn barrel fires (must have a proper fitting screen or lid), and some agricultural burning,…

Henry Ford Health Set to Begin Hydroxychloroquine Study in Detroit

The first major drug trial for the coronavirus could start next week in Detroit. Henry Ford Health System is administrating the double-blind study to see whether the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine could prevent front-line workers from getting the virus. Three thousand volunteers will get once-a-week doses for eight weeks. Some patients will receive the drug while others will receive placebos. Volunteers…

Governor Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers Against Employer Retaliation

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday, prohibiting employers from discharging, disciplining or retaliating against an employee who stays home from work if they or one of their close contacts has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of the virus. The executive order takes effect immediately and will stay in place until the end of the Gov. Whitmer’s…

For The Community, By The Community Podcast – Munson Healthcare Foundation

With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus across the country and our state, this week’s For the Community, By the Community Podcast shines a light on the Munson Healthcare Foundation. We talk with Munson Healthcare’s Chief Development Officer Des Worthington to learn more about how we can support the amazing healthcare workers on the front lines of this crisis. To…

BREAKING: 10,791 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Michigan, 417 Deaths

Health officials say there are now 10,791 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. The state now says 417 people have died from the virus. The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m. Wednesday the state was at 9,334 confirmed cases with 337 deaths. On Thursday, an employee of the East Jordan Family Health Center tested positive for the…

Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning in Schools for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday ordering all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, unless restrictions are lifted, and ensures continued learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. All public school district facilities can be used by employees for the purpose of distance learning. All Michigan high school seniors will be…