Coronavirus

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The coronavirus pandemic means Michigan schools are closed for the rest of the academic year.

Many districts are switching to online learning and it’s a big adjustment. It’s also a gamble because some families may not be able to access it.

 

School is still in session

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

 

One employee who works for Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a senior living facility in Traverse City, tested positive for COVID-19. 

The coronavirus diagnostic was announced Tuesday, April 7 by the Grand Traverse Health Department.

 


Interlochen Public Radio graphic

 

Two more positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County, and the health department is reporting a possible exposure site at the Holiday Station Store on South Airport Road in Traverse City.
 

A man in his 30s caught the virus through community transmission, health officials say. A woman in her 20s had contact with someone who tested positive case. 

 

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is also telling those who

Otsego County EMS/Rescue/Hazmat Facebook

 

On one particularly bad day, Otsego County EMS responded to six COVID-19 emergency calls. Later, paramedics started getting sick. 

Right now, about 20 percent of Otsego County’s 36 EMS staff are out because of the virus. That includes those in quarantine, those sick, and an employee on voluntary leave for health concerns.

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

People are flooding into Leelanau County since COVID-19 hit Michigan last month, according to several local business owners.

Health departments in northern Michigan have asked those visiting to self-quarantine, and essential workers in the county are concerned about the increased foot traffic.


Today on Stateside, families advocate for their loved ones isolated in hospitals amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Beaumont Health representative Kelly Parent weighs in on the communication options available between hospital staff and families unable to be present at their loved ones’ bedsides. Plus, how to maintain your mental health while you’re at home.

Artists across northern Michigan are scrambling to find ways to make up for lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

With many events and large gatherings canceled through spring and into the summer, artists have lost out on gigs and other opportunities they were depending on to make ends meet. 


   

Health Department of Northwest Michigan Facebook

 

Local businesses in some northern Michigan counties are now required to screen employees and ensure social distancing measures are taken.

Classical IPR in Concert: Grace Under Pressure

Apr 5, 2020

On March 12, Interlochen Arts Academy students learned they would be departing campus abruptly because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Quickly, it dawned on the young artists that many recitals, ensemble performances and other events would be postponed or even canceled.

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share two solo recitals. Hours before the campus closed, organist Kat Jolliff and pianist Richard Gao performed their programs having just heard about the imminent dismissal. These are some of the last notes played before the students went home.

Interlochen Public Radio

On Saturday, the Grand Traverse County Health Department reported another death and one more positive case of the coronavirus. That brings the county total to 3 deaths and 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Morgan Springer

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suspended in-person learning for the remainder of the school year under an executive order, on Thursday, April 2.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan public school buildings will be closed but districts will recieve most, if not all, of their alloted funding from the state. 

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

  Last week, hospitals in the Detroit area reported being at full capacity.

 

The state asked hospitals to make room for any COVID-19 patients that might need to be transferred. It suggested hospitals to increase the number of Intensive Care Unit beds to 10 to 20 percent and prepare an emergency plan.

 

 

Now, some northern Michigan hospitals are making room for possible transfers.

 

Non-profit organizations in northern Michigan are among those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Dave Mengebier is the president and CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. He says more people depend on nonprofits for essentials during this crisis, but it’s a really tough time for those organizations to raise money. 

 


Interlochen Public Radio graphic

An employee of the East Jordan Family Health Center tested positive for the coronavirus. 

But Rachel Krino with the health center says the employee had no direct contact with patients.

"As soon as he showed symptoms on March 25 he went into self quarantine and self-monitoring," Krino said. "In terms of test results, we just found out yesterday.”

According to a press release from the health center that employee had recently traveled downstate. Now he's are feeling well and recovering.

A $500,000 grant from the state will support businesses in the 10 counties of northwest lower Michigan affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

About that same amount is also available through a new loan program from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

 


Interlochen Public Radio graphic

A man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s died of COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County in a 24 hour time period.

Peter Payette / Interlochen Public Radio

 

Updated 4/2/20 with additional information from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. 

People who visited the Meijer in Petoskey two weekends ago may have been minimally exposed to COVID-19, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan says.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City is partially re-opening due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In late March the seasonal facility announced they were closing early to prevent guests from catching or spreading the diease. 

the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance (NMPHA)

 

The Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance wants people to self-quarantine if they are traveling to northern Michigan. 

 

In an advisory, the association — made up of seven local health departments — says they recommend a 14-day self quarantine for anyone visiting or returning to northern Michigan. The request is endorsed by local healthcare systems, local law enforcement and county leadership. 

 

Linda Stephan / Interlochen Public Radio

 

An Emmet County resident has died from health issues related to COVID-19, McLaren Northern Michigan announced Tuesday evening.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter signed by over 80 homelessness organizations in Michigan, the MCAH asked for funding for temporary housing and longer bans on evictions and foreclosures, among several other proposals.

Today on Stateside, it's hard to keep up with the daily rush of news about COVID-19 in Michigan. We talk with two reporters about some stories you might have missed.  Plus, writer Desiree Cooper offers perspective and advice about coping with uncertainty and loss. 

Michigan House of Representatives

The state house majority leader wants the Governor to let some Michigan businesses get back to work. State Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) said so in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Monday.

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.
Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin / CDC

As coronavirus continues to spread in Michigan, the pandemic puts the state's blood supply at risk.


Taylor Wizner

TRAVERSE CITY — A man in his 80s is the first Kalkaska County resident to die from the COVID-19 disease.

District Health Department No. 10 officials said the man was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on March 25. His positive test result came back the next day and he died Monday morning at the hospital.

"We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family who lost their loved one," said Kevin Hughes, the health department's health officer, in a released statement.

Pages