Early this afternoon, the US House of Representatives passed the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill, paving the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk. Read CNN’s coverage here, the Washington Post’s coverage here, and coverage from the Wall Street Journal here.
Top research doctors at four Southeast Michigan health systems and Wayne State University in Detroit have formed a partnership to participate in large-scale COVID-19 drug trials they hope will lead to a vaccine, antiviral medicines and other drugs to combat the deadly coronavirus. Check out the complete article at Crain’s Business Detroit.
Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel clarified her office’s position with regards to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order. She advises residents who wish to report a violation of the order, including instances of price gouging, to first contact their local law enforcement. As of the writing of this Free Press article, there had been more than 1,600 complaints of price gouging reported across the state.
The Small Business Association of Michigan is one of the leading resources for businesses across the state. Check out their indispensable resources to help keep your doors open during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Big Three” automakers all announced last week that they will be shutting down their factories. Ford just announced it is planning to re-open a few plants on April 14th. The plants include the Dearborn Truck Plant. This means other plants will need to open to support the assembly of this plant, which include: Dearborn Stamping Plant, Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, Van Dyke Transmission, and more. Ford released a statement, ““We will continue to assess public health conditions as well as supplier readiness and will adjust plans if necessary.”
Stores inside the mall are adapting to the new normal whether it is offering curbside pickup or online workout classes like at the Yoga Shelter. During this crisis, despite the mall being closed down, the businesses inside are still finding ways to server their customers. Watch the video here to learn more about what Orchard Mall is doing to keep moving forward as safely as possible.
Henry Ford Health System is providing a daily advisory chronicling the latest developments in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Henry Ford says because they value the privacy of their patients, they are not disclosing specific details about individual patients. As of 9am Thursday (3/26), Henry Ford Hospital of West Bloomfield had 128 cases and 63 of which are hospitalized.
There is still a lot we do not know about COVID-19. Emily Martin, an epidemiologist at University of Michigan, said “every day you’re going to see the cases in Michigan skyrocket … because we’re filling in the gaps of the data.” We are actually seeing more of the picture than we have before. “When you think about this lag, the questions of, ‘Are the precautions working? Is social distancing working?’ — we won’t have the answer for like another two weeks,” Martin said.
The House of Representatives is likely to follow suit on Friday. Under the plan as it was being negotiated, single Americans would receive $1,200, married couples would get $2,400 and parents would see $500 for each child under age 17. However, the payments would start to phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000, and those making more than $99,000 would not qualify at all. The thresholds are doubled for couples.
Despite everyone remaining in their homes, people can still be connected over Facebook. There are many community groups for almost every city in Oakland County. Here you can chat and keep up to date with what is going on in the local community. This is a good way to get real time feedback from your neighbors and still feel that sense of community amongst this quiet and uncertain time.
Governor Whitmer announced today(Thursday, March 26) that Michigan’s licensed distilleries are now permitted to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers in order to help meet demand as the state of Michigan mitigates the spread of COVID-19. These rules were approved through June 30, 2020, with the possibility for extension as necessary. Any existing Distilled Spirits Permittee (DSP) can immediately commence production of hand sanitizer or distilled spirits (ethanol) for use in hand sanitizer without having to obtain authorization first.
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