Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Thursday, April 9

WWJ News
April 09, 2020 - 3:39 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on Thursday, April 9, 2020: 

--  Michiganders will be stuck at home for a few more weeks. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order amid the COVID-19 crisis through April 30, 2020. GET DETAILS HERE

-- For a fourth straight day, Michigan is reporting more than 100 more deaths from COVID-19. New numbers Thursday show the state has 21,504 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 1,076 related deaths statewide. The official count from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services includes 1,158 new cases and 117 additional deaths since the last report on Wednesday. [GET DETAILS 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 today 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.

-- A protest is planned at a Detroit nursing home after three people there died of coronavirus. DETAILS 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.

-- The Department of Health and Human Services announced the first contract for ventilator production rated under the Defense Production Act, to Detroit's own General Motors. GM’s contract totals $489.4 million, and it's for 30,000 ventilators to be delivered to the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of August 2020. DETAILS HERE

-- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says there are signs that social distancing is working in the city's fight against COVID-19. "The storm's not over," the mayor said, "but for the first time we can see that we can beat this. READ MORE HERE.

-- Starting Wednesday, each Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus will have a box of masks for each rider. The mayor said Gov. Whitmer gave the city 20,000 surgical masks that were not needed by hospitals to be distributed on Detroit buses.  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 Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi has been selected as the second field hospital in Michigan to expand medical capacity during the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “This is more good news for Michiganders in our fight against COVID-19,” said Gov. Whitmer. READ MORE HERE.

-- Fiat Chrysler says it plans to progressively reopen its U.S. and Canadian plants beginning May 4, with some new procedures in place to protect workers. READ MORE 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.

-- Gov. Whitmer said, as of this week, she is asking Michiganders to wear masks if they must leave their homes. If you don't have a mask, it's suggested you look around your house for something else you can use to cover your face; such as a bandana. This comes after the CDC said last Friday that masks are now recommended for the general public.  

-- Under an 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. 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 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.

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