Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 10,000 people and contributed to 417 deaths statewide. She said Thursday that everyone must act as though we could be carrying the virus and stay home because just one person with it can infect another 40. Michigan has been particularly hard hit by the virus, with the vast majority of its cases coming from in and around Detroit. In Detroit alone, residents make up 24% of the deaths statewide and 26% of the 10,791 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says K-12 school buildings will not reopen to students for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Public and private schools have already been shut down for nearly three weeks. Under Whitmer’s order Thursday, face-to-face instruction won’t resume this spring for more than 1.5 million children. Districts must create distance learning programs. Options include online classes, phone lessons or printed materials sent to homes. Seniors will graduate and other students will advance to the next grade, as long as they were on track to do so before the shutdown.
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say a Detroit bus driver who had expressed anger on Facebook about a coughing passenger has died. Fifty-year-old Jason Hargrove felt ill about four days after posting a passionate video on social media on March 21. Glenn Tolbert of the bus drivers union says Hargrove died Wednesday. In his Facebook video, Hargrove was frustrated over a woman’s repeated coughs on his bus. He said “some folks don’t care.” Hargrove said bus drivers are just “trying to make a honest living.” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says everyone in America should watch the video.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Claims for unemployment benefits continue to skyrocket in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic. A record 311,000 people filed initial applications last week. That is more than double from the previous week — shattering the previous high of 128,000 that was set the week before. The system has been deluged. The website went down Tuesday before being restored. The state Unemployment Insurance Agency has implemented a schedule for people to apply based on their last name. It is urging patience and recommends that users apply online late at night or early in the morning.