Over the past week, Michigan has risen to become the state with the fifth-highest number of coronavirus cases, behind New York with more than 25,665 cases and 218 deaths, New Jersey, California and Washington state. The local hospitals had separate press conferences to discuss how they are handling the influx of new patients.
The Pure Michigan campaign has adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by launching #VirtualPureMichigan across its social media platforms. The campaign aims to offer virtual tours of some of the state’s most beautiful spots and interesting attractions. Check out the Pure Michigan Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds for the latest virtual tours and check out this MLive article for a comprehensive list of other Michigan attractions that are also offering virtual tours.
As your family feels the stress of staying home from work and maybe being laid off, local, state and national leaders are implementing dozens of programs to offer assistance, but information about these programs is often spread out across the internet and is hard to find. BridgeMI magazine journalists have assembled a long list of these programs that could help you and your family make it through this stressful time.
As stressful as it can be to hunker down in our homes during the coronavirus pandemic, there is a homeless population that doesn’t have a home to secure themselves away from the virus in. Pastor Kent Clark or Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac is asking for the community to help support this population during the crisis with a call for donations. You can read his column here on The Oakland Press and consider helping if you are in a position to do so.
As we all adjust to 3 weeks of “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” the Attorney General’s office reports that their hotline has been overwhelmed by callers reporting businesses that they believe are in violation of the stay-at-home order. AG Dana Nessel’s spokesperson asks the public to refer complaint of stay-at-home violations to the non-emergency line of their local law enforcement agencies.
WATCH LIVE: Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter announces tighter restrictions for businesses remaining open during stay-at-home order. https://www.wxyz.com/news/coronavirus/oakland-county-implements-tighter-restrictions-for-busi
Posted by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter issued important new guidelines for essential workplaces that are remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic. All employees need to be screened for coronavirus symptoms as they report to work. You can watch the full announcement here and read the order here. Be sure to tune in to the Civic Center TV and 89.3 Lakes FM Megacast every weekday from 10am-12pm for the latest local updates and news.
Michigan officials understand that critical systems that people need to access to receive benefits during a coronavirus layoff have been overwhelmed for the last several days. Their best advice for everyone is to remain patient and continue trying to access the online systems. Check out this article from MLive for more details and advice to get your family the support it needs to get this tough time.
Michigan is waking up to Day 2 under Governor Whitmer and the Health and Human Services Department’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Reporters from Bridge Magazine visited several Michigan communities to ask people how they and their families are adjusting to this new normal. Click here to read their report and tune in to the Civic Center TV and 89.3 Lakes FM Megacast weekdays from 10am-12pm for the latest updates on how your community is coping with coronavirus.
As more testing becomes available, the more people will test positive for COVID-19. Many people are wondering what to do if they test positive. Here you can find a great list on how to protect yourself and keep those around you safe. As always, the CDC is the best place to keep yourself up-to-date on best practices regarding COVID-19.
Detroit Lions quarterback and all-around good guy Matthew Stafford and wife Kelly Stafford announced that they are donating $5000 worth of free meals to Oakland County first responders in what they say is the first of many such donations. While we don’t all have the resources of an NFL star athlete, we can all donate what we are able to help our neighbors and community through this difficult time. Hospitals, including Henry Ford Health System, have put out calls for certain types of donations. You can find the list here.
The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic continue to ripple across our community in unexpected ways. The Board of Education voted to delay the vote until the August election. Catch up on all of the details of the decision in this article from The Oakland Press.
Henry Ford of West Bloomfield is looking for access to new or unused medical supplies such as personal protection equipment, gloves, gowns, facial shields, disposable masks, N-95 masks, and ventilators are being encouraged to donate them. For information, or to make a monetary gift, visit www.henryford.com/development/make-a-gift.
Due to these uncertain times, several meetings for West Bloomfield Township are postponed. Currently, any meeting after April 14th is still on schedule; however, these dates are subject to change. Notices as to postponed/canceled meetings, of course, will be sent by township staff to all interested parties, including board and commission members, as well as the Cable Commission.
March 24, 2020
At 11am on Monday, March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives” order. Read the press release from the Governor’s Office that accompanied the announcement to learn what went into making the decision and what the order means for you and your family. Also, tune in to the Civic Center TV and 89.3 Lakes FM Megacast weekdays from 10am-12pm for the latest local updates and news.
Southeast Michigan is currently being swept with new cases of coronavirus, which makes it critically important that local governments maintain up-to-date information that is as local as possible. Oakland County has put together an excellent resource full of valuable information that can help your family stay safe and happy while the Stay Home order is in effect.
The State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services maintains a large database of critical information covering the entire state.
The entire country is grappling with the effects of coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control maintains the most comprehensive wealth of information on the virus and how to keep yourself safe from it. Information is updated several times a day, so be sure to check back often.
The health care professionals working around the clock are the real heroes of the coronavirus pandemic, and they are in need of some help! Henry Ford Health System has put out a call to the community for donations of medical supplies that you may have in your home or office. Review the list of requested items and drop-off times and locations and consider helping if you are able to do so.
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