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Ventilator Shortages Loom As States Ponder Rules For Rationing

Medical rationing is not something Americans are accustomed to, but COVID-19 may soon change that. The specter of rationing is most imminent in New York City, where the virus is spreading rapidly and overwhelming hospitals with patients. According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state has 2,200 ventilators in its state stockpile. Current COVID-19 case projections suggest the state may not have enough of the machines, which help critically ill people breathe, as soon as next week. The...

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Yeast, baking powder and spiral hams were big hits in America's shopping carts last week.

As the country settles in — possibly for the long haul — under stay-at-home orders, baking projects appear to be a common distraction, while panic purchasing of some products seems to be subsiding.

Sales are still up significantly compared to a normal week. And shelf-stable foods, meats, produce and snacks are all flying off shelves at unusual rates.

But for many products, the remarkable sales spikes from early March have started to subside.

In Clark County, Nev., the nation's fifth-largest school district, a school food service worker has reportedly died of COVID-19. That death is one of around 40 recorded in the state of Nevada as of Friday afternoon.

Just days after the White House coronavirus task force warned Americans to brace for sobering death tolls, the administration is vowing to provide economic relief to Americans sooner rather than later.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued another COVID-19-related executive order. The order says employees who think they have the disease have a right to stay home.




Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist on Friday announced a program to help businesses with fewer than 500 employees retain workers during the coronavirus outbreak.            

Matt Ozanich

Today we’re continuing our weekly snapshot of activity around coronavirus and Covid-19 cases in Michigan.


Michigan today reported nearly 2,000 new confirmed cases of Covid 19. 

The state saw 1,953 new cases … and 62 new deaths. That brings Michigan’s total to 12,744 cases and 479 deaths. 

This since Michigan reported its first case on March 10.


GVSU.EDU / Grand Valley State University


Low-income families are being especially hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Grand Valley State University is donating all produce grown from its educational farm to those who need it most.

Laura Herberg / WDET


Teachers and students in Michigan are adjusting to the thought of not seeing each other for the rest of the school year after the Governor announced yesterday  that schools will remain closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor announces Michigan schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, school districts react. The number of Covid 19 cases in Michigan prisons continues to rise. Lake levels also continue to rise.  

Michigan confirmed Covid-19 cases tops 10,000. Governor Whitmer orders Michigan schools closed for the rest of the school year. Detroit's TCF Conference Center is tranformed into a field hosptial for Covid 19 patients. Ben Thorp speaks with Michigan's US Senator Debbie Stabenow about the federal relief package

Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Construction is underway for a COVID-19 field hospital at Detroit's TCF Center.




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