Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know Friday, April 3

Flint Water hero is positive as cases continue to skyrocket

WWJ News
April 03, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Friday, April 3, 2020: 

--  One of the latest notable metro Detroiters to test positive for the coronavirus is a hero of the Flint water crisis -- Dr. Mona Hanna-Atitsha. She confirmed in a tweet that she has tested positive. MORE HERE

-- The COVID-19 curve is getting steeper in Michigan, as the number of deaths in the state tops 400 and cases soar past the 10,000 mark. As of Thursday, Michigan had 10,791 confirmed cases of the virus, with a total of 417 related deaths statewide. The official count, reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, includes 1,457 new cases and 80 additional deaths. 

Also, new: The state is breaking down cases by race and ethnicity. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Under a new Emergency Order issued by the health department, any Michigander who violates social distancing or other another Executive Order in place amid the pandemic may face a $1,000 fine. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Michiganders who have lost their jobs amid the virus crisis won't be able to apply for unemployment benefits for just a bit. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget will temporarily take the MILogin application offline overnight tonight in order to make upgrades to the system to allow for greater capacity to handle the unprecedented volume. MORE INFO HERE.

-- Jobs numbers released in the U.S. show the virus dealt a swift end to the nation's 50-year-low unemployment rate. Meanwhile, with so many Americans dying, FEMA asked the Pentagon for 100,000 more body bags. NATIONAL/WORLD UPDATE.

-- The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, due to the pandemic. This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Gov. Whitmer issued an Executive Order ending the in-person K-12 school year. She discussed details, including plans for remote learning and senior graduation, at news conference. GET DETAILS HERE

- After the governor's announcement that Michigan schools will remain closed for the rest of the year and learning should continue at home through distance classes ... a question remained: What about kids without computers? READ MORE HERE

-- It's likely that every one of our lives will be touched by COVID-19. That was Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said those solemn words during a town hall meeting Monday evening, which was carried live on Michigan's three major TV networks and WWJ Newsradio. GET DETAILS HERE

-- The Henry Ford announced more than 80 percent of its staff or 1,400 employees will be put on temorary unpaid leave, in effect on April 6. Those that remain on active status, will have their pay decreased on a scale from 10 to 25%based on their current salary. A small number of staff designated to continue essential work on-site, such as members of security and animal care, will continue their work at no pay reduction.

--  The 2020 Selfridge International Open House and Air Show, scheduled for June 6-7, has been canceled. "This was truly a disheartening decision to make," said Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen, 127th Wing Commander. "However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our personnel and Michigan communities made this a prudent choice."

-- Looking at metro Detroit: the City of Detroit (counted separately) has 2,858 cases and 101 deaths, while the rest of Wayne County has 2,211 cases and 93 deaths. Oakland County has 2,183 cases and 119 deaths, and Macomb County has 1,332 cases and 58 deaths. 

-- Negative test results in the state also continue to rise. So far, 22,054 out of 29,324 samples tested by the health department were negative. Note that the state says counts of specimens tested positive will not equal number of people with COVID-19. People may have more than one test or may have had samples tested at an out of state lab.

-- Former Congresswoman and current Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has tested positive for COVID-19. She is said to be doing OK. READ MORE HERE.

-- The conversion of the TCF Center in downtown Detroit into a temporary field hospital is well underway. VIDEO: LOOK INSIDE.

-- Beginning Thursday, Flint instituted a citywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next 30 days. Those caught violating could be fined $500 or charged with a misdemeanor that carries penalties up to 30 days in jail. GET DETAILS 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 for business as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but there are plenty of restaurants still open across metro Detroit for carryout and curbsite 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!