Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Some small business owners and grassroots organizers in Michigan are hoping to encourage people to stay at home for at least 15 consecutive days to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The #ShutItDown! Stop the Spread campaign was started Thursday and hopes to get at least 25,000 people to sign an online pledge. As of Friday, about 12,700 people in Michigan had tested positive for the disease and 479 people had died. Campaign manager and Detroit small business owner Darci McConnell says organizations and individuals are asked to educate family and friends, use phone banks and social media to reach out to their memberships, teach people what it means to stay inside and host video chats to educate others.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of U.S. medical workers are suddenly out of work as casualties of measures to prioritize coronavirus patients at hospitals and of the economic troubles the crisis is creating. Hospitals are plucking professionals from the industry to treat the burgeoning numbers of people with COVID-19, but others are being left behind. Many nurse anesthetists in Pennsylvania have been laid off, though they are particularly critical to the coronavirus response. Big-city specialist groups, tiny hospitals and big multistate systems are seeing big revenue dropoffs. Minnesota reported that over 13,600 practitioners or technicians filed unemployment claims in the last half of March.
DETROIT (AP) — The federal government says it’s not willing yet to release a Detroit-area man who fears he could catch the coronavirus while serving a prison sentence for health care fraud. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow said Rajesh Doshi isn’t a threat to the public. He recommended that Doshi serve the balance of his sentence in home confinement. Doshi’s lawyer argues that the 64-year-old would be at “grave risk” for death if he gets the virus because of other health conditions. A new law gives the government more flexibility in releasing certain prisoners.
DETROIT (AP) — Officials in Michigan are warning that efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic could have a serious impact on relief and repairs during what is expected to be another tumultuous spring flooding season. The Detroit Free Press reports that high water levels are expected to cause severe flooding, shoreline erosion, and road and infrastructure damage this spring. Providing shelter to those displaced by floods could be challenging when social distancing is advised. And some state agencies could find themselves unable to provide the usual level of assistance because they are financially stretched due to the coronavirus crisis.