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Displaying items tagged: coronavirus

Thursday, 30 April 2020 07:45

Kent County ‘actively and aggressively’ seeking COVID-19 cases as numbers rise

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County Health Department officials are “actively and aggressively” seeking out COVID-19 cases in the community by testing in clusters of vulnerable residents, contributing to the recent rise in positive cases here.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:49

Michigan unemployment spiked 4,000 percent in March as nation sets new record

Michigan unemployment claims spiked more than 4,000 percent in the second half of March as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered large portions of the state and national economy.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:00

AHC Hospitality lays off 1,000 workers, closes JW Marriott

GRAND RAPIDS — Amway Corp. affiliate AHC Hospitality has laid off 1,000 workers and closed all but the downtown Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 27 March 2020 06:21

Spectrum Health prepares GVSU facility for patient overflow

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has moved beds and equipment into Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in preparation for a surge in patients from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:55

Steelcase issues layoffs, slashes costs amid worries over coronavirus disruptions

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc. said Tuesday that reduced or halted operations at its global manufacturing and distribution centers because of the coronavirus will “temporarily, but significantly” affect the company’s ability to generate revenue in its current quarter. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 March 2020 10:18

Bronson Healthcare appeals for supply donations

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare intends to open four locations today in the Kalamazoo area to accept donations of personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 22 March 2020 09:51

Biz groups call on Whitmer to reject shelter-in-place order

Major business groups in Michigan are recommending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer avoid a “shelter-in-place” order, warning that such a move to help stop the spread of the coronavirus could be disruptive to supply chains that keep essential facilities like grocery stores and hospitals operating. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:36

Feds ease regulations to allow distilleries to make hand sanitizer

The federal regulatory body that oversees the alcohol industry has cleared the way for U.S. distilleries to begin producing hand sanitizer. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:41

City of Grand Rapids adjusts service over coronavirus concerns

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids today issued temporary service changes to aid in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:35

SBAM launching daily briefing webcast

The Small Business Association of Michigan has launched a daily webcast today to brief members on the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic and offer guidance for small businesses.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 16 March 2020 09:59

Michigan bar/restaurant closure ‘will be a bloodbath’

West Michigan brewery owners are reeling this morning over news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will issue an order later today to temporarily close bars, restaurants and other venues over concerns related to coronavirus. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 16 March 2020 08:32

Consumers Energy suspends shutoffs for seniors, low-income customers

Jackson-based Consumers Energy says it will suspend shutoffs for non-pay for seniors and low-income customers starting today until April 5, citing “unprecedented circumstances” surrounding the spread of coronavirus.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 15 March 2020 21:21

Kent County Health Department orders venues to halve capacity amid coronavirus concerns

GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Health Department on Sunday ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers and entertainment venues to reduce their maximum occupancies by 50 percent.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 15 March 2020 13:16

Links for guidance and advice for employers coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Business organizations are offering plenty of advice and information to employers about the coronavirus pandemic and how to manage through the crisis.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 March 2020 11:55

Spectrum Health offers drive-up coronavirus testing for patients with physician referral

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health this weekend opened a drive-up location to collect specimens from people who have been referred by a physician for a test for the Coronavirus and COVID-19.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:20

Automotive analysts see shifting dynamics amid coronavirus spread

The automotive industry is scrambling to strike a balance between near-term execution and unsteady industry disruption from the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:00

Virus concerns drive additional due diligence in M&A transactions

The coronavirus outbreak that’s battered Wall Street and caused supply chain disruptions for some manufacturers has yet to interrupt transactions, although more conversations are occurring as part of due diligence, according to M&A professionals.

Published in Finance
Friday, 13 March 2020 16:55

Local bars, restaurants take precautions against coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurants and breweries across West Michigan are taking precautions to protect employees and patrons from coronavirus. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Friday, 13 March 2020 13:07

Coronavirus concerns cloud 2020 economic outlooks

Economists at Comerica Inc. now expect the U.S. economy to possibly dip negative for the second quarter as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 March 2020 15:00

Employers must communicate with workers about coronavirus policies

Leigh Schultz, a senior principal attorney in the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC, has been fielding calls from her clients about what action they need to take regarding COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 13 March 2020 05:05

Higher ed transitions to online courses amid coronavirus pandemic

Colleges and universities from coast to coast are moving rapidly to close campuses and transition to virtual classrooms in lieu of face-to-face meetings as the spread of COVID-19 has transformed into a global pandemic. 

Published in Talent

Friday, 13 March 2020 04:46

AG Nessel: Beware of price-gouging in wake of coronavirus emergency declaration

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents to beware of potential price gouging following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state of emergency declaration in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 13 March 2020 04:44

Hospitals prepared for potential surge in coronavirus patients, health group says

Hospitals have a range of options to adjust for an influx of patients who contract the coronavirus and require hospitalization, a statewide trade group said this week.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:27

State escalates coronavirus response after first confirmed cases

After announcing Michigan’s first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on March 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration released a series of “community mitigation strategies” that span the state’s economy and population to prevent the spread of the virus.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:44

ACG postpones Grand Rapids event over coronavirus concerns

GRAND RAPIDS — The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan has postponed its annual Outstanding Growth Awards in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 09 March 2020 18:58

West Michigan public company stocks fall sharply amid coronavirus outbreak, oil tensions

Stock prices for West Michigan’s publicly traded companies continued to plummet on Monday, a sign of Wall Street’s growing concern about the effect the coronavirus outbreak could have on the U.S. economy and rising tensions over oil production between Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 13:57

Comerica: Fed rate cut could help, but not change economic impact from coronavirus

Today’s emergency interest rate cut could aid a slowing U.S. economy facing a significant threat from the coronavirus outbreak, according to Comerica Inc. economists.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 01 March 2020 19:00

CONSIDER THE SOURCE: West Michigan manufacturers search for supply chain solutions amid coronavirus outbreak

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China is forcing West Michigan manufacturers to find creative solutions to avoid production disruptions.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 14 February 2020 07:00

Fears over prolonged coronavirus outbreak cool national economic outlooks

The U.S. economy maintained moderate growth to start 2020, although the coronavirus crisis in China could cause problems.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 February 2020 17:45

West Michigan manufacturers brace for disruptions from Chinese Coronavirus outbreak

A tooling engineer from Grand Rapids-based Tier-1 supplier ADAC Automotive was traveling in the Wuhan area of China when the Coronavirus public health crisis broke in late January. 

Published in Manufacturing