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Two James Spirits employee Allie Sieracki fills bottles with hand sanitizer being produced at the distillery, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Detroit. After a revision to FDA regulations on the manufacture of hand sanitizer, bars and alcohol producers are permitted to distribute the product. The distillery is one of many across the country which have shifted their production away from spirits and starting to make hand sanitizer to help ease the coronavirus-induced shortage of the product. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Officials: Detroit approaching 4,000 COVID-19 cases

Apr. 4, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Detroit is nearing 4,000 while 129 people have died from the disease, according to the city Health Department. Figures released Saturday showed positive infections rose by nearly 400 from Friday. The number of confirmed cases across Michigan reached...

Two James Spirits employee Allie Sieracki fills bottles with hand sanitizer being produced at the distillery, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Detroit. After a revision to FDA regulations on the manufacture of hand sanitizer, bars and alcohol producers are permitted to distribute the product. The distillery is one of many across the country which have shifted their production away from spirits and starting to make hand sanitizer to help ease the coronavirus-induced shortage of the product. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Whitmer tells people with virus symptoms to stay home

Apr. 3, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms fade. Her order came hours before the state that has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 reported...

A United States Postal worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The U.S. Postal Service is keeping post offices open but ensuring customers stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart. The agency said it is following guidance from public health experts, although there is no indication that the new coronavirus COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan virus cases clear 10,000; peak still weeks away

Apr. 2, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. “No one is immune from this virus,” Whitmer said during a news conference at the...

Record 311,000 file initial unemployment claims in Michigan

Apr. 2, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Claims for unemployment benefits continued to skyrocket in Michigan last week during the coronavirus pandemic, when 311,000 people filed initial applications — more than double from the previous week. The number of applications shattered the previous high of 128,000, which was...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The governor ordered that students in the state will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a four-week shutdown ordered by Whitmer to combat the outbreak. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan schools closed for academic year

Apr. 2, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — K-12 school buildings will not reopen for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and Michigan's 1.5 million-plus students will learn remotely, under an order issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Public and private schools are nearing the end of the third...

Gov. Whitmer says Michigan students won't return to school this academic year, will learn remotely instead

Apr. 2, 2020 10:26 AM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Whitmer says Michigan students won't return to school this academic year, will learn remotely instead.
Interior view of the TCF Center, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Detroit, built to accommodate an overflow of patients with the coronavirus. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction at the TCF Center on Tuesday to create a quarantined hospital setting with 1,000 beds as the pandemic spreads rapidly in the city. The Corps will adapt more than 250,000 square feet of the center on two separate floors for the additional hospital beds and medical personnel stations. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan virus cases top 9,300; new ventilators put to work

Apr. 1, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The number of Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19 crept toward 10,000 on Wednesday — one of the highest totals in the U.S. — while the state said hundreds of ventilators from the federal government would be quickly put into service, especially in hard-hit...

In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, March 30, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

Apr. 1, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation's most important swing states. Both sides have tried to...

Hassan Musselmani, left, and Andrew Quatrine hand out free meals on the eastside of Detroit on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Musselmani's food truck, The Drunken Rooster, is idle during the coronavirus pandemic, so he figured it was a good way to distribute food prepared by Rising Stars Academy, a school that specializes in culinary arts in Center Line, Mich. (AP Photo/Ed White)

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

Mar. 31, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals, noting that a peak in...

State: Workers needed for critical jobs during pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Companies seeking workers to fill a variety of immediate jobs to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic are listing the openings on Michigan’s employment search engine, according to the state. Jobs are posted to MiTalent.org. Pure Michigan Talent Connect provides job seekers...