What you need to know about coronavirus

At 96.7 The Bull, we know there are a lot of questions about COVID-19 coronavirus. It’s important to know the difference between facts and rumors. There are many sources available for information. The key is knowing following factual based information and not speculation. We have included in this page, links to information that is reliable and as factual as anyone can be during a fast moving situation. We will  update this page as  new information becomes available.

There are many sources available for information. The key is knowing following factual based information and not speculation. We have included in this page, links to information that is reliable and as factual as anyone can be during a fast moving situation. We will  update this page as  new information becomes available.

As information changes, these websites provide information as it happens:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bridge’s Michigan Coronavirus Tracker

Travel information from the State Department

Travel information from the CDC

Updates from Munson Medical Center

BREAKING, MAY 18, 2:10PM

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday the partial reopening of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Starting Friday, two regions — 6 and 8, which include 17 northern Michigan counties and the entire Upper Peninsula — will be among areas to see relief from some restrictions.

The plan would reopen retail businesses and offices in those regions starting Friday, including bars and restaurants, which will be required to operate at 50% capacity. Those businesses also must train employees on safety protocol, keep groups six feet from one another and require workers to wear face coverings.

Whitmer’s order will still allow local government leaders to take more restrictive stances, such as allowing only for outdoor seating.

The governor’s order also permits small social gatherings of up to 10 people in both regions 8 and 6.

Region 6 includes Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle and Emmet counties.

Region 8, which encompasses all of the Upper Peninsula and 3% of the state’s population, has 101 confirmed cases and 15 deaths, roughly 0.2% of the state’s overall cases and 0.3% of the state’s deaths.

Whitmer’s easing of restrictions stopped short of opening up overnight lodging, campgrounds and rental properties in the northern regions. Her order also does not permit the reopening of barbers, salons, spas, movie theaters, casinos or gyms at this time.

 

BREAKING, MAY 7, 3:22PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order, while also lifting restrictions on manufacturing workers. The executive order signed Thursday extends Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28.

The new order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing facilities must adopt measures to protect employees from COVID-19, including conducting a daily entry screening protocol for workers and everyone else entering the facility. They also must have dedicated entry points at every facility, and suspend entry of all non-essential in-person visits, including tours

Manufacturing facilities are also required to educate workers on how COVID-19 is transmitted, signs and symptoms, and the steps employees should take to notify the business if signs or symptoms are identified.

All businesses in the state—including manufacturers—must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers.

Under this order, Michiganders still must not leave their homes except to run critical errands, to engage in safe outdoor activities, or to go to specified jobs.

 

BREAKING, MAY 6, 10:21PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-76 on Wednesday which expands eligibility for unemployment benefits during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Executive Order also extends Executive Order 2020-57, which:

Expands the state’s workshare program, offering more tools to employers to reduce layoffs and restart their business.

Extends unemployment benefits to workers:

Who have an unanticipated family care responsibility.

Who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

Extends unemployment benefits to workers who voluntarily left a job after accepting new employment but were unable to start their new position due to the pandemic.

Allows anyone with an active unemployment claim to receive up to 26 weeks of benefits.

Suspends the requirement for individuals seeking unemployment to request a registration and work search waiver from their employer.

Allows Unemployment Insurance Agency retirees to keep their retirement benefits if they return to work to process unemployment claims or serve on the Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

Expands cost-sharing with employers to reduce layoffs.

 

BREAKING, MAY 1, 3:50PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order allowing construction and real estate across the state to reopen.

The new order is part of her MI Safe Start plan.

Construction work and real estate will be allowed to start working again during the COVID-19 pandemic on May 7.

Under the order, construction sites must adopt a set of best practices to protect their workers from infection. Those practices include:

  • Designating a site supervisor to enforce COVID-19 control strategies.
  • Conducting daily health screenings for workers.
  • Creating dedicated entry points, if possible, or issuing stickers or other indicators to assure that all workers are screened every day.
  • Identifying choke points and high-risk areas (like hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses) and controlling them to enable social distancing.
  • Ensuring sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite.

On Thursday, Whitmer signed an executive order extending the state of emergency and disaster declaration until May 28.

Restaurants and bars across the state are also required to keep their dine-in services suspended until May 28.

 

BREAKING, APRIL 30, 7:15PM

Executive Order regarding stay at home restrictions signed by Governor Whitmer on Friday evening, April 30th:

“Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
1. Effective immediately and continuing until May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm, the following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:
(a) Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption;
(b) Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
(c) Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on- premises consumption;
(d) Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues;
(e) Libraries and museums;
(f) Gymnasiums,fitnesscenters,recreationcenters,indoorsportsfacilities,indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and facilities offering non-essential personal care services;
(g) Casinos licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, racetracks licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Millionaire Parties licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board; and
(h) Places of public amusement not otherwise listed above.”

 

BREAKING, APRIL 25, 2:15PM

The Benzie Leelanau District Health Department has reported to Cherry Capital Airport that a passenger with COVID-19 flew through Cherry Capital Airport on Tuesday, April 14 on United Airlines flight 4132 Chicago to Traverse City. The passenger tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 15  the day after arriving TVC.  The flight landed at Cherry Capital Airport – at approximately 9:30 P.M.  Any passengers that were on that flight please contact your LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  United Airlines will be reaching out to all passengers on flight 4132.

 

BREAKING, FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 11:15AM

Governer Whitmer extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through May 15. There is a change to be less restrictive and allow some businesses to re-open.

The order:

  • Allows certain businesses that had been closed, like plant nurseries and bicycle repair shops, to reopen, but under social distancing guidelines.
  • Permits some outdoor activities including golf and motorized boating to resume, though use of golf carts is still prohibited.
  • Says businesses which had been restricted closed because they were deemed to provide nonessential items to reopen but only for curbside pickup or delivery and allows large retailers to reopen certain parts like their garden centers or paint sections.
  • Requires, rather than encourages, Michiganders shopping in close spaces to wear masks or other face coverings as long as it wouldn’t otherwise put them at any risk to do so. There would be no criminal penalty, however, for failing to wear a face covering under the order, though violations of other parts of its requirements could be a misdemeanor. Store owners could refuse to serve someone without a face covering as well.

 

BREAKING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 3:51PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that she expects to share details Friday on plans to start reengaging Michigan’s economy. Whitmer said some short-term extension of the Stay Home Stay Safe order will likely be needed beyond April 30 – and that a version of it applying to vulnerable populations would be needed even longer – but said the state will start taking steps to phase back in sectors of the economy. Whitmer and other state officials today said current coronavirus data indicates an encouraging trend, with hospitalizations down and more COVID-19 patients being discharged than admitted right now. However, officials stressed that they were highly concerned about a second wave of the disease hitting the state, and that they plan to use testing and other data to determine what businesses and/or sections of the state can safely reopen first.

 

BREAKING, MONDAY, APRIL 20, 3:23PM

More people are eligible to get a test for COVID-19 in the state.  Michigan’s chief medical officer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says first responders and healthcare workers without symptoms are now eligible to get tests.  Testing is also available for anyone working in an essential industry like grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and food service, and people don’t need to have symptoms to get a test.  Just go to the Michigan.gov/coronavirus. 

 

BREAKING, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 3:44PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30.

As with the previous order, the Thursday’s executive order limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. It also imposes more limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

With the new order, large stores must limit the number of people in a store at one time to no more than four customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space. Small stores must limit capacity to 25%, including employees. Stores must also establish lines with markings to customers to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of stores that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries and paint.

 

BREAKING, THURSDAY, APRIL 11:50AM

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is declaring Grand Traverse County Public Health Officer – Emergency Order (GT-2020-01), requiring screening and social distancing measures at open essential businesses and operations subject to the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21. The emergency order goes into effect on April 9, 2020, at 12:00 am and remains in effect until April 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm. LEARN MORE HERE.

 

BREAKING, FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 9:50AM

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan was notified of a phone scam where scammers were posing as Health Department of Northwest Michigan employees attempting to sell COVID-19 tests or asking for personal information regarding Medicare/Medicaid. The calls appear to be originating from the Health Department. Anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately. DO NOT give out any personal information. If you want to verify if the call is coming from the Health Department, hang up and call us directly at 1-800-432-4121.

 

BREAKING TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2:20 PM

The Grand Traverse Health Department has reported to Cherry Capital Airport that a passenger with COVID-19 flew through Cherry Capital Airport on Monday, March 16th on Delta Air Lines flight 4991 Detroit to Traverse City. The flight landed at Cherry Capital Airport – at approximately 6:53 P.M.  Any passengers that were on that flight please contact your LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  Delta Air Lines will be reaching out to all passengers on flight 4991.

Also….The Grand Traverse County Health Department wants to make the public aware of two locations where recently confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were present while symptomatic. Following the public health case investigations, officials determined there is possibility for community exposure. If you were at Target (3130 W South Airport Rd W, Traverse City, MI 49684) on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 from 5:00 p. m. to 6:00 p. m.

 

BREAKING MONDAY, MARCH 23, 11AM

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. 

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

READ MORE HERE.

 

BREAKING FRIDAY, MARCH 20:

Governor Whitmer signs executive order expanding unemployment benefits.  Under the order, unemployment benefits would be extended to:

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

BREAKING ON MONDAY, 3/16 AT 12:21 PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars and restaurants (except for takeout/delivery) has been extended to numerous other types of public businesses. As of 3pm today until end of day March 30, the following types of businesses will be closed in the state:

> Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other establishments offering on-premises consumption (takeout/delivery/drive-thru/walk-up service still allowed). This applies to private clubs, country clubs, golf clubs, boat or yachting clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.
> Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption
> Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption
> Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues
> Libraries and museums
> Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas
> Casinos licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, racetracks licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Millionaire Parties licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board; and
> Places of public amusement not otherwise listed above (including amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and similar facilities)

The order does not apply to the following businesses:

> Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, food pantries, and other establishments that sell food & beverages not for on-premises consumption
> Healthcare facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities
> Crisis shelters or similar institutions
> Food courts inside the secured zones of airports

Violations of the order can result in a misdemeanor offense.

McLaren Northern Michigan has a COVID-19 Hotline to help address questions and concerns regarding the new coronavirus. The phone line will be staffed every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours expected in the near future.  McLaren Northern Michigan COVID-19 Hotline: 231.487.5550 This hotline will provide information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, what to do when you are exhibiting those symptoms, and an opportunity to talk to a McLaren Care Team member.

 

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