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Here's how Michiganders are doing at staying home

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order went into effect on Tuesday, March 24. But it appears many Michiganders had already started staying home the week before, as it became clear that the COVID-19 outbreak had reached the state.

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Got questions about COVID-19 in Michigan? We've got answers.

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Attorneys, advocates, family members and inmates are calling on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to use her executive authority to reduce prison populations.

As of April 7, ten Michigan prisons had at least one confirmed COVID-19 case among inmates, and fifteen state prison departments or prisons had confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff.

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Some of the most vulnerable people in Michigan right now live in nursing homes, where the new coronavirus has the potential to sicken and kill with alarming ferocity.

The CDC has recommended some practices and procedures to help nursing home patients and staff stay healthy. But whether facilities follow those guidelines varies, and the state would need to investigate nursing homes that get complaints before any immediate action could take place.

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A second inmate in a Michigan prison has died of COVID-19

This death is an urgent concern, say advocates.  That's because it happened in a prison that houses many elderly inmates with chronic health conditions.  

The Michigan Department of Corrections says the inmate at Lakeland Correctional in Coldwater was taken to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, where he died on April 7. 

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Eventually, the money was just too good to pass up.

“When you're overworked and understaffed, you’re going to go somewhere where they're going to be more appreciative of you,” says a nurse who spent years at Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace, before leaving to a two month, $4,000 per week contract at a New York hospital two weeks ago. At Sinai-Grace, she was making $850 a week after taxes, she says.

Workers set up hospital beds at the TCF Center field hospital in Detroit.
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city may not need all of the 1,000 beds set up at the TCF Center

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has been transforming the former Cobo Center into a COVID-19 field hospital. The center is expected to start accepting patients this week.    

Workers set up a field hospital at the TCF Center in Detroit.
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Today on Stateside, Michigan’s healthcare system is facing major staffing challenges, as exhausted, under-equipped nurses consider their options. Plus, we take a deeper look at the longstanding health inequities fueling the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on African Americans. 

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Residents and staff at nursing homes in the city of Detroit will get tested for COVID-19 starting Wednesday.

The city has 27 nursing homes with 12 COVID-19 related deaths across them, and 14 of the homes have reported at least one case of COVID-19.

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Inmates inside the North Lake Correctional Facility — an immigrant prison in Baldwin — allege conditions are so unsafe that some have been put in prolonged solitary confinement.

They further allege prison guards are segregating the facility by race, and the amount of food that they’ve been getting recently hasn’t been enough, specifically citing a lack of protein.

Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

In Detroit, which has been ravaged by COVID-19, Mayor Mike Duggan has made mass testing the centerpiece of his administration’s response.

“The way we beat this is through testing, and knowing who’s infected and who’s not, so we can separate," Duggan has said.

Some may wonder what benefits mass testing provides at this stage in the pandemic. After all, we know it’s here and that it’s spreading. And testing may not change any individual patient’s treatment.

But experts say widespread testing is crucial for public health — and can be vital for patients as well.


Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order has required the majority of us to adapt our routines and change up how we communicate with one another. It's impacted studies, birthdays, mental health, and more. We asked our listeners what was helping them get through this difficult time - and made a socially distant visit to a few of them to document how they're spending time at home, flattening the curve. 

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