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The Coronavirus Crisis

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Alex Clark / Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Ypsilanti

The coronavirus crisis has kept people from meeting in large groups, which includes going to church or any other weekly religious service.  Because of this, many of Ypsilanti's religious institutions are performing their sermons online, while still providing food and supplies to their neediest members.  Alex Clark, pastor of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Ypsilanti, provides further details on this new, digital venture in a conversation with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg for this week's edition of "On the Ground-Ypsi."

Liza Baker
Liza Baker

Ann Arbor health coach and author Liza Baker talks with WEMU’s Lisa Barry about an overall health strategy to boost your immune system as we all do what we can to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ypsilanti City Council discussed a concern about the number of coronavirus cases coming from the city and Ypsilanti Township at last night's meeting.  

Rob Dobrusin
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Tonight marks the beginning of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt.  Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus crisis, Jewish families are unable to get together in their respective temples or with their extended families for the occasion.  Robert Dobrusin, rabbi emeritus at Ann Arbor's Temple Beth Israel, discussed the meaning of Passover, its traditions, and how COVID-19 has changed the 2020 celebration. 

Mike Kennedy
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Hospitals and health care workers have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 outbreak.  In this difficult time, a simple act of kindness and gratitude can go a long way.  Ann Arbor fire chief Mike Kennedy talks to WEMU's David Fair about an upcoming vehicle procession to honor our local doctors, nurses, and hospital staffs.  Additionally, the chief explains how COVID-19 is impacting function and operations within his department.

Michigan State Senate
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The state Senate leader says he wants to start planning now to allow some businesses to resume operations amid the coronavirus crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.

Michigan Capitol
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The Legislature convened Tuesday to adopt a resolution extending Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to address the COVID-19 health crisis.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

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Many aspects of daily life have been dramatically changed due to COVID-19, and public transportation is certainly no exception.  Although services like the Ann Arbor Area Transportion Authority (AAATA) promote a cleaner environment, they still have financial obligations and public health matters to consider.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," AAATA CEO Matt Carpenter explains how his organization and other forms of public transit in Michigan are adapting to the pandemic in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping Washtenaw County's Jewish community from observing Passover as the holiday gets underway today.  

Washtenaw County officials are considering allocating additional funding for COVID-19 response. 


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