March 27, 2020

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: […]

March 27, 2020

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 […]

March 27, 2020

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 […]

March 26, 2020

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 […]

March 26, 2020

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 […]

March 26, 2020

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 – […]

March 16, 2020

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.

March 15, 2020

Kalamazoo County is closing all county facilities to the public. It encourages people to conduct business via phone and e-mail.  It also activated its Emergency Operations Center.  There have been no COVID-19 cases confirmed in Kalamazoo County, according to the release. There have 16 tests sent from the county: of those, two were negative and […]

March 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order to address price gouging. From The Detroit News: On Sunday, Whitmer also announced that she signed an order temporarily restricting excessive pricing of consumer goods. The rules start at 9 a.m. Monday and will remain until 11:59 p.m. April 13.  Businesses can’t resell a product that is “grossly in excess of the […]

March 15, 2020

The State of Michigan will enforce its 250 occupancy limit at bars and restaurants. From MLive.com: Reducing capacity to 50%, encouraging take-out orders and abiding by the 250-person limit set for public gatherings in an executive order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are all ways to keep Michigan’s service industry operating while also stopping the spread of coronavirus, […]