West Bloomfield siblings Sammy and Jack Pollack created a forum for students elementary-high school to help them discuss their feelings and create an outlet during the COVID-19 quarantine. The website itself is called Quaranteen. The siblings said they got inspiration from their mother who’s a social worker at Beaumont Hospital. If you’re a local student and would like to reach out to your peers, please visit the link above.
You’ve all probably seen the photos of health care workers after they’ve been wearing PPE on their faces all day. One of the most common complaints is severe irritation behind the ears due to the elastic. Foster Caragay, of Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, has come up with a solution by 3D-printing a change in the design. Instead of having the elastic bands pulling on the back of your ears, it rests on a little nub behind your head.
Suburban Collection Showplace, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is converting into a field hospital in the hopes of combating COVID-19 and overcrowded hospitals, will now reduce it’s total bed count from 1,100 to a 250-bed facility. The scale back was determined by the state, and could be a good sign that the spread of Coronavirus is beginning to slow down.
Show your support for all first responders to the COVID-19 crisis. Display a white ribbon outside your home or place a white ribbon image in your front window to let all individuals working to keep you safe know that you have their backs. Click on the image for more info.
At 3pm on April 9th Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan will be extending the stay at home order through April 30th. As of that press conference 21,504 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 1,076 confirmed fatalities throughout the state.
The governor brought up multiple graphs from various models showing the differences in what those case numbers and deaths would be if we stopped distancing ourselves altogether versus strict adherence to the extended order. It was made clear the state government prefers to use models designed through the University of Michigan due to their apparent accuracy in COVID-19 predictions. These models essentially show that we must continue to strictly follow the stay at home order. This includes limits to gatherings and travel, where all public and private gatherings are prohibited. New limitations on grocery stores include limiting 4 customers per 1,000 square feet and more 6 foot distance markers. Further store limitations include the discontinuation of non-essential products and services such as gardening, carpets, and hardware. Only food and medicinal services and products should continue to be sold.
Governor Whitmer pointed out that this new extension will most likely not be the last thing the state government will have to say about combating the coronavirus. Whitmer placed a strong emphasis that everyone must continue to do their part and must adhere to the executive orders.
The governor is also engaging a Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to try and fight back against the alarming numbers of COVID-19 cases in the African American community. You can read the extension order at the official Michigan government website.
After Governor Whitmer’s extension to the stay-at-home order through April 30th, some people may be wondering what happens if you violate this order. Stricter rules and limitations have been put in place for traveling to other residences, foot traffic in stores, and what products can be sold in stores. Businesses that have been marked as nonessential who decide to remain open could face a $500 fine or 90 days in jail. If you’re personally thinking about violating orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak you could be fined upwards of $1,000.
Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order has been extended with some additional limitations added as well. After today (4/10/20) you are prohibited from traveling between properties you may own in the state, or traveling to friend’s residences. Other restrictions have been placed on big box stores in their gardening supplies, furniture, carpet, and paint sections. These added restrictions have faced some criticisms. However, the governor’s staff seems to be viewing them as common sense.
Many shopping centers in the Detroit area have adopted special senior citizen shopping hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shopping with the general public is putting senior citizens and vulnerable individuals at a higher risk, and these specialized shopping hours are necessary to mitigate further exposure to COVID-19. Check with your local grocery store to see if they’ve taken these measures.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Oakland county has been centered in the southern portion of the county. Hot spots in the county include West Bloomfield, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, and parts of Troy. Yet the Rochester area has a population of 74,500 and there are less than 15 coronavirus cases per 10,000 residents. Many communities on Oakland County are between 35-70 cases per 10,000 residents. This may be attributed to fast school closings, the Rochester Police Department urging people to stay home, and the efforts of Mayor Barnett and his staff.
While COVID-19 keeps worshipers home many churches in Oakland County will be conducting services virtually. Most will be streamed through YouTube, ZOOM, and Facebook Live. First Baptist Church in Birmingham will be on Facebook Live as well as ZOOM. First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac will be on Facebook Live. There are many more as well. Contact your local place of worship to inquire about Easter Services.
The first 25 patients will arrive at the TCF center today (4/10/20). The building in downtown Detroit will hold about 1,000 COVID-19 patients, however Mayor Duggan is anticipating a number closer to 250. The mayor believes the TCF center will be a good measurement as to how the city is handling the outbreak. “If you want to see how well we’re doing, look at the TCF center,” he said.
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