coronavirus

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered public and private schools in Michigan to close as part of the state’s effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“In an abundance of caution, I am ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings in Michigan for three weeks starting Monday, March 16th until Sunday, April 5th”

The number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan has spiked to 12 – and more are expected. Whitmer says K-12 schools are an obvious nexus where the virus can be spread.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the health departments in Ingham, Kent, Montcalm, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties announced today 10 adults tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 12.

The following is a press release from NMU President Fritz Erickson: 

After consultation with state and university officials, the following decisions have been made with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind during the COVID-19 outbreak:

·       All classes, labs, events and campus-wide meetings are canceled Thursday, March 12 and Friday March 13. Campus will remain open.

HOUGHTON, MI--   In an effort to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus Michigan Technological University is suspending face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 16.

President Rick Koubek says while completing classes virtually, students may return to campus or stay home. Distance instruction will last at least through April 17.

Koubek says all international university-sponsored travel is canceled through April 17. Tech employees are urged to reconsider university-sponsored domestic travel, as well.

The following is a 3/10/20 press release from the Bay Mills Indian Community: 

BAY MILLS — Early today, Bay Mills Indian Community became aware that two of our employees might have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while on out-of-state travel to the Washington, D.C. area.  Those employees reported the exposure immediately and are taking steps to distance themselves from others until they can be tested.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is limiting plane travel for its employees because of COVID-19. 

President Fritz Erickson says a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prompted the decision to restrict non-essential university-sponsored travel by flight, both domestic and international, until further notification. That doesn’t include travel by car, but employees are being told to be prepared for that to change. Those who do have to travel are asked to record their trip on the NMU International Travel Registry.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Medical Director of the Marquette County Health Department, Dr. Kevin Piggot, says Upper Peninsula residents shouldn’t panic, but they should be aware of the newest coronavirus and how to take precautions against it.

No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the U.P or the rest of the state.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University administration is keeping an eye on its students during COVID-19 outbreaks overseas. 

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The new coronavirus is taking a broader toll on airline travel. 

Most airlines have already stopped flying to China, and now Delta Air Lines is sharply cutting back on flights between the U.S. and Seoul, South Korea, because of the outbreak.

Delta said Wednesday it will suspend flights between Minneapolis and Seoul beginning this weekend and lasting until at least April 30. The airline will also reduce the number of flights from Korea to Atlanta, Detroit and Seattle.

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