Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know Tuesday, March 17

WWJ News
March 17, 2020 - 5:11 pm

Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on March 17, 2020: 

-- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan has risen to 65, with 12 new cases reported Tuesday afternoon and 25 of those people are hospialized. That number is expected to grow, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Serviced.

Here is the latest daily report breaking down the 12 new cases: 

  •   City of Detroit - 2 males
  •   Ingham County - 1 male
  •   Jackson County - 1 female
  •   Leelanau County - 1 male
  •   Macomb County - 2 males, 1 female
  •   Oakland County - 2 males
  •   Otsego County - 1 male
  •   Wayne County - 1 male

Health officials say, going forward, they will continue to issue a report at 2 p.m. each day with cases broken down by county. 

- The Wayne County Public Health Division on Tuesday announced that AMC Fairlane 21 theaters in Dearborn is a potential COVID-19 exposure site. Health officials are investigating one presumptive-positive COVID-19 case where the person attended a movie on March 10. FULL LIST HERE

-- In Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan says bus rides will be free when DDOT bus service will resumes at 3 a.m. Wednesday. Passengers will enter, exit through rear doors, and additional cleaning staff will be hired to clean buses following each run instead at end of shift.  This comes after the city shut down service after drivers didn't show for work on Tuesday, and less than 10% of the buses hit the streets. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- The Michigan Department of Education announced Tuesday that an online map has been developed for families to find locations where FREE meals are being provided during the coronavirus outbreak. These meals are available to all children age 0-18, plus older students with disabilities. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- One of the buildings at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren is closed because a worker has tested positive for coronavirus. The GM medical team is contacting people who may have had direct contact at work with the affected employee. Those workers will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days. GET DETAILS HERE.  A salaried worker at Ford's Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn has also tested positive for coronavirus. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and President Donald Trump got into a spat after the president tweeted that the Governor must work harder and be much more proactive to get the job done. In response, the Governor said "Now that I’ve got your attention, Mr. President - attack tweets won’t solve this crisis. But swift and clear guidance, tests, personal protective equipment, and resources would." She then listed what she has done to stop the spread of coronavirus. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Gov. Whitmer issued the executive order Monday.  In addition, area restaurants are working to enhance their carry-out and delivery services now that restaurants and bars are closed. Those businesses can still offer food and drinks for pickup, delivery and via a drive-through service. 

-- Speaking live on WWJ this morning, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist said while the state is trying to stop the spread of coronavirus, he can not rule anything out, including quarantine. Listen the to the full interview at the top of this page.

-- The state agency that regulates medical and recreational cannabis approved temporary rules that allow curbside pickup and home delivery. Officials say the changes are necessary to protect cannabis businesses, their employees and public health. ​GET DETAILS HERE.

-- The Tulip Time Festival, which usually takes place in west Michigan at the beginning of May, has been canceled. Organizers say they have volunteers who are largely made up of older people who are most vulnerable to coronavirus and felt the safety of all visitors, and the community was the best decision. 

-- The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood donations as it deals with a severe blood shortage due to canceled community blood drives. The blood bank says healthy individuals are urgently needed to donate now to help patients. GET DETAILS HERE. 

-- As the coronavirus continues to spread, the Salvation Army is shutting down its thrift stores and donations centers across the state. Residential pickup service is also on pause. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- The State of Michigan is rolling up the welcome mat in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  The Michigan Department of Transportation says it is closing all Michigan Welcome Centers during the outbreak. MDOT says it will try to keep the restrooms at some of welcome centers open to the public. 

-- Just hours after saying it would stay open, the Detroit Zoo announced it was closing until the end of the month. Executives say they had limited the number of visitors at the zoo in Royal Oak and added more than 50 hand sanitizing stations, but decided Monday afternoon to temporarily close. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- While some businesses will be laying off employees during the outbreak, Amazon says it needs to hire 100,000 new employees to keep up with demand. Amazon says a surge of orders is putting its operations under pressure and has warned shoppers it can no longer get two day delivery on some packages due to the amount of orders. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- If you need to handle an issue with Social Security you'll have to do it online or by phone. All Social Security offices are closed starting Tuesday. The federal government says its in an effort to protect the mostly older people they service with underlying medical conditions. The Social Security Administration can be reached by phone at 1-800-772-1213 or online at 

-- With all K-12 school shut down by order of the governor, the classroom has moved into the living room in homes across metro Detroit. While everyone will handle this differently, metro Detroit parents all seem to agree that creating sticking to a schedule is key to home schooling. GET DETAILS HERE. 

-- The city of Detroit has been sending medical teams out to shelters to keep COVID-19, coronavirus, from spreading among the homeless. They are checking symptoms and taking temperatures. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, so city officials are also working to identify additional shelter capacity.

-- 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.

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!