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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. 

 


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.

 


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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.

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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.

Today on Stateside, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about her call for a more coordinated national response to the spread of COVID-19. Plus, we talk to the author of a novel, based on a true story, about a young teacher living alone in the Upper Peninsula during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

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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. 

 

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

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


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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.

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Bars and restaurants across Michigan are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means many chefs and cooks are out of work and have time to spare.

One cook in Traverse City is using that time to feed those in need.

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Grand Traverse County reports there are two residents with COVID-19 who likely became exposed in the community.

One woman in her 70s had not travelled or had contact with any known person with the disease, a county health department investigation found. She is currently in the hospital.

The county anticipated it would see community transmission eventually, Grand Traverse County Health Department Medical Director Michael Collins said in a release.

A woman walks across an empty Front Street in Traverse City on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Grand Traverse Health Department officials want visitors coming to the county coming from COVID-19 hot spots to self-quarantine for 14 days.
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If you’re traveling to Grand Traverse County, please quarantine yourself. That’s the message from the Grand Traverse County Health Department. It's requesting a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone coming to the county from areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.


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A Missaukee County man in his late 70s died this afternoon from COVID-19. 

The man was hospitalized at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital on Tuesday for shortness of breath, according to District Health Department #10. He was tested for COVID-19 and results came back positive two days later.

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Over the last couple of weeks, Michigan officials worked to slow the spread of COVID-19, take care of citizens and stay operational. The twelve federally-recognized tribal governments in Michigan faced the same challenge.

Today on Stateside, Congress has approved the massive relief package to aid Americans and businesses during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We talk to Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee about the economic and political lessons we should take away from this crisis. Plus, it's down to the "Final Four" films of our Michigan March Movie Madness contest. Two movie critics discuss which should win the title of the most quintessentially Michigan movie. 

The Greenfields stepped out for a safe social distance interview at Veterans Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Left to right: Heather, Jill, Sonja and Gregory Greenfield from left to right, with Allison Greenfield up front.
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School officials in Michigan will have to make some tough decisions very soon about the rest of the school year. One of them is whether to send layoff notices to teachers and other school staff who aren’t working.

That would save money for later in case the school year is extend to make up for days lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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The House is debating and then voting on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that the Senate passed earlier this week. Watch the floor proceedings live.

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Health officials are worried about people traveling up north from downstate and other areas around the country to their second homes. 

Many are coming to northern Michigan to hunker down as the COVID-19 disease spreads in cities throughout the United States.

Health officials say they could be bringing the disease with them.

Maria Farney (bottom left) teaches a Chinese student (top left) a song written by Traverse City singer songwriter Miriam Pico (right).
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Traverse City singer songwriter Miriam Pico thought she was just writing a song to sing to her own kids. But now, kids in China are learning that song to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Soo Locks reopened Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie, beginning the 2020 shipping season on the Great Lakes.

The Locks have been officially closed since January 15.

According to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District, repairs and maintenance were performed during the 10-week winter shutdown.

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The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hold its primary election in April entirely via absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election is for the tribal chair and councilors and was pushed back from April 7 to April 21, according to an announcement on the tribe’s website.

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The Grand Traverse County Health Department says a symptomatic person who later tested positive for COVID-19 may have spread the disease in the community last week.

The sick person was on a Delta flight from Detroit Metro Airport that arrived in Traverse City at about 5 p.m. last Monday. The health department says people who were on that flight should self-quarantine until next Monday.

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Munson Medical Center in Traverse City has changed some of its policies for nurses working through the COVID-19 pandemic


Late last week, the hospital addressed a number of concerns raised by the Traverse City Munson Nurses Association (TCMNA).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a "stay at home" order during an 11 a.m. press conference Monday as an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, and will remain in place for at least the next three weeks.

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Leelanau residents are getting phone calls telling them they’re selected for free COVID-19 testing, asking them for personal information.

The caller ID reads as a Leelanau number and looks safe to answer, but it’s not, says County Administrator Chet Janik.

 

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