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Neel Hajra
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / aaacf.org

For more than 50 years, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) has been investing in the community with the aim of improving quality of life.  While the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered its mission, it has forced some changes in how the foundation decides how and where to apply its philanthropic efforts.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United" conversation, WEMU’s David Fair explores the changing landscape with the CEO of the AAACF, Neel Hajra. 

Wiki Commons

COVID-19 will impact how veterans will be honored this year on Memorial Day in Washtenaw County. 


The Washtenaw County Health Department is teaming up with Michigan Medicine this Sunday to host a pop-up COVID-19 testing event.  

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

President Trump visited the Ford Rawsonville automotive plant in Ypsilanti Thursday but failed to follow safety protocols.  The latest federal coronavirus relief package faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, and massive flooding in Mid-Michigan points to a need for more investment in infrastucture.  12th Congresswoman Debbie Dingell offers her thoughts on these subjects in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Wiki Commons

The Washtenaw County Health Department says health guidelines for celebrating Memorial Day in groups this year are different because of COVID-19.  


The Ann Arbor YMCA will offer summer camps in Washtenaw County this year once the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is lifted.  


The number of Washtenaw County residents who have recovered from COVID-19 is growing.

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners discussed a projected financial impact COVID-19 will have on the county’s future budgets.  


A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the power to declare consecutive states of emergency without waiting for the Legislature's approval. 

Brian O'Donnell

"Art and Soul" this week is about the art of well being.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Brian O'Donnell, an Ann Arbor psychotherapist and a teacher of "The Pathwork."  He suggests our current global health crisis is an invitation to a greater life and a time for possible reflection on what we might learn from the experience.

Bytemarks / flickr.com

Michigan lost more than a million jobs from March to April, largely due to COVID-19 related layoffs.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, that led to a record-setting 22.7% state unemployment rate.

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has partnered with the engineering firm FlexSys to design two devices to help protect health care workers from the coronavirus.  

Wiki Commons

The Ann Arbor District Library says COVID-19 will not impact its budget this year, but that it will most likely affect future budgets.  

Mental Health
Long Beach City College / lbcc.edu

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, part of a month devoted to raising awareness of the struggles that impact most people from time to time.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor of psychology and psychiatry and the creator of "Mood Lifters" Dr. Patricia Deldin, who talks about the issues people are dealing with which are magnified by our global health crisis.

University of Michigan
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and will be for some time to come.  But it is not the only zoonoses we are dealing with globally or locally.  Zoonoses are illnesses spread from animals to humans.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses these infectious diseases with Dr. Joseph Eisenberg, chair and professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.

Wiki Commons

President Donald Trump will be in Ypsilanti Township this Thursday to tour Ford’s Rawsonville plant. 

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to appoint two new commissioners Wednesday night to the Board of the Washtenaw County Road Commission.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council approved a $466 million city budget Monday night.  

Monica Swartout-Bebow
Kerrytown Concert House / kerrytownconcerthouse.com

After 23 years of performing, producing concerts, renting studio space, and volunteering at the Kerrytown Concert House, Monica Swartout-Bebow was prepared and excited to take on a new role as executive director last summer.  Still, she expected a slight learning curve.  What she got instead was the full onslaught of COVID-19.  Monica gets on the line with "creative:impact" co-hosts Deb Polich and David Fair to talk about how, instead of you going to the Kerrytown Concert House, it’s coming to your house.  Listen here.

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels

Ann Arbor’s Meals on Wheels is providing additional services to their clients during the coronavirus pandemic.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss possible road closures Tuesday night that would create more space for businesses impacted by COVID-19.  

Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools says they’re confident they will offer in-person instruction in the fall.  

Rob McCurdy
LinkedIn / linkedin.com

During the coronavirus pandemic, people experiencing serious health issues have been avoiding going to the doctor or the local emergency room, thinking there is not room for them or it is not safe to seek care.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Rob McCurdy, an emergency physician at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, who wants people to know it is advisable to seek treatment, even if they are not sure it is a life threatening emergency, and local hospitals are prepared to handle any kind of health emergency safely, even though they are dealing with a pandemic.

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Health Department / washtenaw.org

Restrictions from the coronavirus crisis will soone beging to ease and that means more people will be back to work and out and about.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to explain necessary precautions as we return to some semblance of normalcy. 

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Sheriff / Facebook

The number of  COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Washtenaw County is flattening.  As such, the economy is slowly starting to reopen.  As more cars hit the roads, law enforcement will begin to step up traffic enforcement.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton checked in with WEMU's David Fair to discuss those changes and other issues the department is dealing with as we move through the COVID-19 crisis. 

United Way of Washtenaw County / Facebook

African Americans in Washtenaw County have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  The percentage of infections and fatalities is higher than any other ethnicity.  There are systemic reasons that existed pre-pandemic that are being highlighted by the crisis.  The United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) is kicking off a new, five-day equity challenge in hopes of creating heightened awareness that, in turn, will prompt action to remedy the  inequities.  UWWC Vice President of Impact and Advocacy Bridget Healy and local minister Darryl Johnson discuss the issues and challenge with WEMU's David Fair on this week's "Washtenaw United." 

City of Ann Arbor

Despite having a COVID-19 financial recovery plan, Ann Arbor’s city council is expected to adopt a pre-pandemic city budget Monday night.  

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County is looking at June 1st as a possible date to once again start offering in-person services.  


Eastern Michigan University announced employee budget changes as a result of COVID-19. 

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Congress is set vote on the $3 trillion HEROES Act which, if approved, will be the largest relief package in American history.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is in Washington, D.C. for today's vote.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the proposal, its chances of passing, and what must come next.