Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know April 10

WWJ News
April 10, 2020 - 5:51 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Friday, April 10, 2020: 

-- Michigan has recorded its first 200-in-a-day jump in COVID-19 deaths. 

The grim new numbers, released Friday afternoon, show the state has 22,783 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 1,281 related deaths statewide. The official count includes 1,279 new cases and at least 205 additional deaths since the last report Thursday. "We're not out of the woods yet," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. GET DETAILS HERE

-- The state announced that unemployment applications will open for self-employed and other newly eligible workers on Monday. Also, there are $600 federal payments on the way. DETAILS HERE.

-- While he says 99% of the city has been "terrific" in complying with social distancing guidelines, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has a few complaints — including about young people out in groups spreading the virus. He is asking parents to keep the kids at home. Also in Friday's update from the mayor: hazard pay for some essential city workers, and police handing out masks. READ MORE HERE.

-- You may be driving less lately due to the COVID-19 crisis. And even if you're not, you may be getting a credit on your auto insurance. LEARN MORE HERE.

--  Speaking live on WWJ 950, Gov. Whitmer told Roberta Jasina and Tom Jordan that she knows it's difficult for people to maintain social distance for an extended time. But it has to be done. The governor's advice: "We have to grit our teeth and get through the next three weeks." DETAILS HERE.

-- Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive order extending her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order amid the COVID-19 crisis through April 30, 2020. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Over 40% of coronavirus-related deaths in Michigan are from black communities ... and the question is why? On Thursday, Whitmer created the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities in an effort to support communities most impacted by the spread of coronavirus. MORE HERE

--  Now a month since the first cases of coronavirus were identified in Michigan, we're getting a better sense of just how many people are recovering. Henry Ford Health System said is has discharged 931 COVID-19 patients since March 10. READ MORE HERE.

-- The state health department says, as of April 3, a total of 56 people who tested positive in the state have officially recovered. The "recovered" figure is defined  by the number of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date, if onset is not available). The numbers will be updated every Saturday, the state said.

-- Health care workers need masks now, and General Motors is providing. GM announced this week that it will be increasing production of facemasks at the automaker's shuttered Warren Transmission Plant in Warren; and it's going to teach other companies how to do it, too. READ MORE HERE.

-- And those who like religion with their inspiration don't have to worry about being unable to partake during this time of social distancing. Easter services this week are not open to the public but they are being streamed on the Archdiocese website — aod.org.

-- Here's the answer to the question many Michiganders have been asking: When will I get my stimulus check from Uncle Sam? A timeline was announced today. DETAILS HERE

-- A Michigan woman who died of COVID-19 while in a nursing home made pleas for help to her Alexa device. Her sister shared her story with WWJ. LISTEN HERE.

-- Have you been ripped off while buying hand sanitizer, masks, food or other necessities online?  Four sellers conducting business through Amazon were told by the Michigan's Attorney General to stop taking advantage of consumers after Dana Nessel's office found "credible reports" of price-gouging in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. DETAILS HERE.

-- A huge thank you was erected at the west end of William Beaumont Hospital in Troy. "Good for them!" WWJ's Charlie Langton said when he spotted the sign. SEE IT HERE

-- The 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend on Belle Isle, has been canceled. Race organizers say, as a result of the current public health restrictions and mandates, it is not possible to hold the event. MORE DETAILS

--  Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit has been at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak -- and the controversy over healthcare workers struggling to save patients while working in extremely harsh conditions without enough support, equipment and protective gear. Some staffers say they were sent home early Monday for protesting the conditions, while others claim they walked off the job. READ MORE HERE.

-- Meijer will be liminting the number of customers allowed in a store at a time and will also begin conducting daily health screenings and temperature checks for employees as they arrive at work. READ MORE HERE.

-- Michigan State Police are discouraging joyriding in cars or on motorcycles with the "Stay Home" order in place. MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw says it is not permitted, under the order, to take a drive just for fun or to "clear your head." READ MORE HERE. 

-- Many businesses have temporarily closed their doors as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but there are plenty of restaurants still open across metro Detroit for carryout and curbside pickup. Hungry? CHECK THE LIST.

-- 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!