Category: COVID-19

The monthly downtown Kalamazoo community art show Art Hop will still be held next Friday despite measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 that prevent people from gathering in groups and businesses from turning into pop-up galleries. “Next Friday’s Art Hop, scheduled for 5 – 8 pm on April 3, will be entirely virtual,” the […]

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office will not take immediate “enforcement action” against alleged violators of the governor’s stay-at-home executive order. The order for residents to stay home and businesses to cease public operations – aside for certain scenarios and taking specific precautions – is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, reducing infection rates and […]

Kalamazoo area diners may be restricted to carry out or delivery due to state measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, but they still have plenty of restaurant choices – and the nearly 20,000 members of a 10-day-old Facebook group can attest to that. During any other time, Kalamazoo Menu would appear as your average […]

Stories from colleagues around the county: DIY to save a life: WMUK reports a local group is putting their 3D printing hobby to use against the spread of COVID-19. Local business grants: regional economic development group Southwest Michigan First urges local businesses to apply for grants of up to $10K, WWMT reports. Taking two hits: […]

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office launched a new hotline for residents to report local violators of the governor’s executive order, which stops unnecessary business operations in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s attorney general tasked local law enforcement with helping address potential violations, the sheriff’s press statement said. Karianne Thomas, city […]

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), which processes unemployment benefits for workers and employers, said it is stepping up efforts to process “unprecedented number of claims being filed” as social distancing measures and state work stoppage orders impact commerce throughout the state. The LEO said laid off workers are met with busy […]

The entirety of the state’s congressional delegation is urging the White House to provide emergency supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19, as Kalamazoo’s health care industry turns to local residents to sew makeshift masks. The Michigan Advance reported Thursday that it obtained a copy of the bi-partisan letter sent by both U.S. senators and […]

A downtown Kalamazoo business support campaign raised $70,000 in less than a work week for the retail and restaurant industry, a last minute sales push as local shops close or restrict operations due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 and a subsequent Michigan governor’s executive order. The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership (KDP) said it sold out […]

Inadequate COVID-19 testing and a backlog of results, a hallmark of the U.S. response to the pandemic, is a burden for the healthcare system here in Kalamazoo County as well. Dr. William Nettleton, medical director of the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, said once a Kalamazoo County resident receives a doctor’s order – […]

Gathering places are to be closed at 3 p.m. today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced. Here’s a list of everything that will be closed until 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 30. It’s important to note that many are open for take out food. Read more about the executive order from WOOD-TV 8.