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Across the state millions of Michiganders are staying at home after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a "stay at home" order for at least the next three weeks. But what if you don’t have a home? The order makes no mention of people experiencing homelessness.

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Award-winning, Ukrainian-born soprano Antonina Chehovska wasn’t even thinking about opera until music professors at the Grand Rapids Community College noticed something special in her voice. 


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State-confirmed presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in northern Michigan:

Last updated July 1, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

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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).

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On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order mandating people stay in their homes.

People who work in hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores and who provide other essential services are excempt.

 

To help exempt workers do their jobs, Whitmer asked northern Michigan educators to coordinate child care services and make emergency daycare centers available if needed.

 

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The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is telling recent visitors to Bennethum's Northern Inn in Gaylord that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

A patient who has since tested positive for the disease spent time there on two recent occasions.

In a press release, the department said anyone who attended performances of the band Neshama at Bennethum's may have had "significant exposure" to COVID-19. Neshama peformed once on March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on March 14 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

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.

Employees for Anthony's Outdoor Services build a 400' long seawall in Manistee. Anthony Ganss, the owner, says they've been busy all winter constructing seawalls.
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Update 3/25/20, 3:30pm: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday, March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary requirements “to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” through April 13, 2020. Under that order, limited forms of construction are still permissible, including projects necessary “to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences.” A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says whether or not that includes shoreline construction “is dependent on the purpose and necessity of the shoreline work, and is case-specific.” He says contractors, their legal counsel and homeowners need to make that determination and if they are still unsure, contact the Governor’s office for more clarity.

 

At a time when many Michigan companies are slowing down due to the coronavirus pandemic, business is booming for contractors working along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

 

They’re fighting a different crisis — trying to save people’s homes from extremely high water levels. But with so much demand, there’s little to stop unqualified contractors from jumping in on the action.


At this unusual moment in history there is an interesting array of celestial phenomena populating the morning sky and stirring the thought life.

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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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The Grand Traverse County Health Department repored its first positive case of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The resident is a man in his 20s who has a history of international travel. He is recovering at his home. 

The Health Department says its working to identify and contact anyone the man potentially exposed. 

NPR

The White House is holding another briefing on coronavirus at noon Saturday, March 21.

Hear special LIVE coverage of that briefing on IPR News Radio.

You can also stream the coronavirus briefing LIVE on our website at interlochenpublicradio.org.

Also, watch the LIVE video below. 

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This story was updated at 7:47 p.m. on 03/22/20:

 

Northern Michigan reported 10 more presumed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

 

Charlevoix: 2
Clare: 1
Emmet: 1
Grand Traverse: 1
Leelanau: 1
Wexford: 1
Otsego: 2
Roscommon: 1

 

Wexford and Clare counties announced cases of COVID-19 Friday, while officials in Emmet and Charlevoix counties said they have presumptive positive tests Saturday. Grand Traverse and Roscommon announced cases on Sunday.

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The state announced today another 225 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases in Michigan to 549.

Three deaths caused by the disease happened in Wayne County.

The number of positive results has gone up because commercial and clinical labs have begun testing.

The state health department is currently receiving results from two commercial labs and three clinics as well as the state lab in Lansing.

 

 

 

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan rises nearly every day. As the pandemic worsens, putting food on the table is getting harder for some people in rural communities.

Now school districts are rushing to feed students that relied on school lunches, and food pantries in northern Michigan are trying to feed the rest.

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The number of positive coronavirus cases in Michigan jumped to 334 people, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Detroit Free Press is also reporting that Michigan's death toll has also tripled. 

That brings the total number of people in Michigan who have died due to Coronavirus up to three. 

Grand Traverse County says it has no positive COVID-19 tests yet, although Munson is treating a Leelanau man at its Traverse City hospital.

Michigan communities are organizing to help with needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a dozen informal, grassroots networks are operating around the state.

Sometimes known as mutual aid groups, they work alongside government agencies and charities and often coordinate with them. They can help with grocery deliveries, financial assistance, childcare and more.

If you need this kind of help, or if you have time or a skill to offer, browse the map to find a local group to connect with. If you start your own mutual aid effort in your community — let us know. Send an e-mail to kaye.lafond@interlochen.org or digital@michiganradio.org. We'll be keeping track and updating the map.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority will not accept cash for tolls starting this Saturday, March 21. The measure is an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Mackinac Bridge Authority

The Mackinac Bridge Authority will not accept cash transactions starting this Saturday, March 21. Drivers crossing the Mighty Mac will need to pay with a credit or debit card or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker. 

The move is a temporary effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Senior services in northern Michigan are expanding offerings to older residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to census data, there are about 3,000 seniors living in Kalkaska County, many of whom  live at home alone. 

Home meal deliveries, daily check-ins, arranging to pick up a few pantry items, are all happening with frequency at local senior centers.

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In a brief filed Tuesday, federal prosecutors say they have new evidence for a possible retrial of State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg). At his original trial last year, Inman was found not guilty of lying to the F.B.I., but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on two other corruption charges.

NPR

The White House is holding another briefing on coronavirus at 11:30 a.m.

You can hear special LIVE coverage of that briefing on IPR News Radio.

You can also stream the coronavirus briefing LIVE on our website at interlochenpublicradio.org.

Also, you can watch the LIVE video below. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports there are 11 new confirmed cases in Michigan. That brings the total number of known COVID-19 cases to 65.

The state is reporting new cases in Jackson, Leelanau and Otsego Counties.

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Update 03/20/2020: All tribal governments in Michigan have closed their casinos in response to coronavirus.

IPR is compiling a list of coronavirus response actions and closures by tribal governments in Michigan — you can find it here.

Ten of 12 tribal governments in the State of Michigan have closed or will close their casinos in response to coronavirus. 

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Nurses at Munson Medical Center say the hospital has not provided adequate paid time off for them if exposed or infected by COVID-19.  

This comes on the heels of the first two cases reported at Munson Medical Center, one in Traverse City and one in Gaylord.

The cases were reported late Monday night.

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