Coronavirus In Michigan: What You Need To Know On Thursday, March 12

WWJ News
March 12, 2020 - 6:08 pm

Here are the developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan on March 12, 2020: 

-- Health officials say the number of presumptive coronavirus cases in Michigan has risen to 12. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services identified 10 new cases Thursday. The cases are spread amongst seven different counties -- Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm -- most of which involve international or domestic travel. GET DETAILS HERE.

As the state tries to limit the spread of the virus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she'll be making recommendations about travel, and that she she supports the travel restrictions put in place by businesses and universities in the state. Speaking live on WWJ this morning, the Governor said health officials expect the number of cases in Michigan to rise. 

-- Whitmer announced late Thursday night she is ordering all K-12 school buildings to be closed from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. Saying she knows the decision will be tough on all students, parents, educators, staff and other Michiganders, the closure will impact all public, private, and boarding schools. The closures will impact an estimated 1.5 million students statewide. 

-- Gov. Whitmer is urging those who have large gatherings, conferences and sporting events with more than 100 people to cancel or postpone those events. 

-- All of Michigan's public universities are suspending in-person classes in favor of remote learning due to the coronavirus. Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College are also following suit. Most schools plan to restart in-person classes in April. Students should consult their school's website for the latest information. GET DETAILS HERE. 

-- The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, "effective immediately and indefinitely." This is a pause in the post-season. Spring sports are still in question. GET DETAILS HERE

-- Many other sporting events have now been cancelled or postponed. 

  • The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.
  • The Big Ten basketball Tournament was cancelled this morning, just minutes before Michigan was to play Rutgers. It was later announced the NCAA has canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. "This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," according to a statement. 
  • The NHL is suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is pausing its season with the hope of resuming it later and awarding the Stanley Cup.  
  • Major League Baseball will be pushed back at least two weeks.
  • WWE Smackdown, which was scheduled to take place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Friday, has been moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

-- Next weekend's Marche du Nain Rouge, which was scheduled to go from Wayne State to the Cass Corridor, has been canceled.  

-- The Michigan Senate voted Thursday to earmark $75 million to address coronavirus in the state; much of that planned to fund testing. The legislature remains in session at this time

-- All public venues at The Henry Ford in Dearborn will be close, effective March 12 at 5 p.m., This includes the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Giant Screen Experience and the Benson Ford Research Center. "We will stop public operations for one week and will re-evaluate this decision on Wednesday, March 18," The Henry Ford said, in a statement. All public programs between now and March 18 are postponed or cancelled and all private events are being evaluated on a case by case basis. 

-- The Fox Theatre has announced that tonight's concert with Little Big Town has been postponed until October 1. All tickets purchased for tonight’s show will be honored on the rescheduled date. Refunds will also be available at point of purchase.

-- In Detroit, the city has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the COVID-19 developments. At this time, the center is minimally staffed but will be ramped at such time there is a confirmed case in Detroit. In the meantime, the city has canceled its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and other upcoming large public gatherings are being reviewed. In addition, Beacon Park has canceled all scheduled events through the month of March.

-- Effective immediately, the city of Sterling Heights has canceled all scheduled programming and drop-in activities in the Senior Center and Community Center through the end of the month. Larger events at the Nature Center will also be canceled. 

-- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents to beware of businesses engaging in potential price-gouging on products like face masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies, and to report those suspected offenses to her office immediately by calling 877-765-8388

-- President Donald Trump has placed restrictions on passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. The monthlong restriction on travel begins late Friday, at midnight, doesn't apply to the United Kingdom, and includes exemptions for "Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings." GET DETAILS HERE.

-- In Washington D.C., Congress is shutting the U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings to the public until April 1. 

-- Princess Cruises is suspending global operations through May 10.

-- The World Health Organization has declared that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Health officials say in order to be a pandemic, a crisis needs to include three things: has to be spread person-to-person, cause illness including death and be worldwide. GET DETAILS HERE.

-- There is no need to panic, or panic shop. Do not hoard hand sanitizer, masks or other household items. However, as always, it is a good idea keep about a week's worth of food and other supplies in case of any emergency. You should also develop an emergency plan with your family. 

-- 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.