Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Monday, March 23

WWJ News
March 23, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Monday, March 23, 2020: 

-- As the number of coronavirus cases in Michigan spikes, Gov. Whitmer has issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order directing most businesses in the state to temporarily suspend in-person operations.

The order goes into effect just after midnight tonight and for three weeks.  People should only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, like for medical help or "critical" jobs exempt from the order. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other businesses deemed essential to life will remain open. FULL DETAILS HERE.

-- Michigan State Police are answering questions about how the "Stay Home" order will be enforced. Lt. Mike Shaw says police will not be setting up checkpoints or patrolling for people violating the order, and they don't want you calling 911 to tell on your neighbors. "This is not martial law," Shaw told WWJ. LEARN MORE HERE.

-- New statistics from the state health department show 1,328 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Michigan. A total of 15 people have died, including 6 in Detroit and 4 in Oakland County,  Wayne County has nearly half of the cases. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Bus service will continue. SMART said it will provide services after mass transit service and its workers were identified as "critical infrastructure" in the governor’s executive order. Some schedules, however, may be changed. Also, DDOT (Detroit city buses) will also continue to run on a temporary, revised schedule. Get SMART INFO HERE ... DDOT INFO HERE

-- Hospitals and other medical facilities in metro Detroit and across the state are short on critical equipment and supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Donations are needed. MORE HERE.

-- After another uptick in COVID-19 cases in Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan is making a special appeal to the city's younger residents who may not feel like the all precautions being talked about apply to them. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order makes sense.  He says people have to take the virus seriously.  Macomb County has had cases involving a 1-month-old child and a 100-year-old resident.  

-- Wayne County Executive Warren Evans says we are all impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and, together, we will take the steps needed to protect our families and communities. Evans says the order will create immediate hardships for everyone, especially business owners and their employees.  He expects to announce later this week new Wayne County initiatives to help businesses. 

-- An organization that provides food and shelter in Oakland County says one employee has tested positive for coronavirus, and another employee is experiencing symptoms. Lighthouse of Oakland County says the positive employee works at the PATH office, which is a transitional housing program.

-- Students who live on the campus of Oakland University are being told to move out. The school is shutting down all of its residence halls, apartments, and housing facilities as physical distancing practices continue to ramp up to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Residents should be out no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday. Students who say they have an exceptional need to stay on campus CAN do so if they’re dealing with things like travel restrictions or health risks.

-- Airfare and gas prices are plummeting as the virus continues to spread. The average price of gas in Michigan is below $2 and round trip flights from Detroit to cities like Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta are as low as $17.40. GET DETAILS HERE

-- A Wayne State University student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is under quarantine and has been moved to Atchison Hall.

-- The upcoming Detroit Music Awards are moving online. It is the latest move linked to coronavirus. The ceremony, which had been set for April 19th at the Fillmore, will now be replaced with an online event that same night -- and there will still be performances.

-- A pay boost for Amazon warehouse workers.  Amazon is raising their overtime as they are swamped with orders. The online retailer has distribution centers in Livonia and Shelby Township. Instead of time-and-a-half for every hour worked over 40 hours in a week, warehouse workers will receive double their hourly rate until May 9.

-- The City of Detroit is being  particularly hard hit. The Detroit Police Department says more than 200 police officers are currently under quarantine.   Police Chief James Craig said Michigan State Police have offered to make troopers available to the city, if need be. GET DETAILS HERE.

- The Red Cross says they are in urgent need of blood donations.

-- A nursing home patient in Livonia has tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for SEIU Healthcare Michigan says the resident lives at Heartland Health Care Center and is known to roam freely about the center. Officials are not sure whether any staff members or other residents of the facility were exposed to the virus.

-- In compliance with the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, the City of Troy is among municipalities that have canceled all public meetings, including City Council meetings, through April 13.

-- Price-gouging is apparently rampant across the state. Attorney General Dana Nessel says her Consumer Protection intake team received 1,053 price-gouging complaints related to COVID-19 by 5 p.m. Thursday. That's up from 75 as of March 13. GET DETAILS HERE

-- A new poll from Axios-Ipsos says nearly one third of American adults say their emotional well-being has gotten worse because of the coronavirus outbreak. GET SOME ADVICE.

-- In accordance with Whitmer’s “Stay Home" order, all Secretary of State offices will be closing at 5 p.m. Monday until further notice to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect public health. Late fees will be waived during this period.  Customers can complete many transactions online and can make an appointment for a future visit (subject to cancellation).

-- Gov. Whitmer and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine have sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump and Congress, calling on them to protect the auto industry as the global pandemic from coronavirus continues. They say coronavirus threatens the industry and jeopardizes the livelihoods of thousands of families.

-- The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 where we will remain live, local and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak. >>LISTEN LIVE!