Stateside: Rep. Stevens on stimulus package; COVID-19 hits Detroit hard; grocers on the front lines

Mar 26, 2020

Today on Stateside, people in Detroit are getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals are worried about a surge in patients overwhelming the city’s health care providers. Plus, as most other businesses shut down during the state's “stay at home” order, grocery stores are still open. We’ll hear what it’s like to be one of the workers at those stores.

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U.S. House prepares to vote on massive COVID-19 relief package

  • Congresswoman Haley Stevens is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.

Detroit is one of the nation’s hardest hit cities in the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Sarah Cwiek are covering the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city of Detroit and the demographics being hardest hit by the virus.

“Low-income people, marginalized people, will be hit the hardest” by COVID-19, says former Detroit health director

  • Abdul El-Sayed is the former health director for Detroit. His new book Healing Politics is out next week.

Retailers and grocers thrown into new, unexpected challenges as coronavirus spreads

  • Meegan Holland is Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Michigan Retailers Association.
  • Chris Faulkner is manager at Foods for Living, a grocery store in East Lansing.
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