Nightside Report Aug. 20, 2021: Computer chip shortage continues to plague auto industry, Study suggests young children most likely to spread COVID at home to family members

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Computer chip shortage continues to plague auto industry
Computer chip shortage continues to plague auto industry (WDIV)

Computer chip shortage continues to plague the Big Three, auto industry

DETROIT – The semiconductor shortage that has hampered the auto industry, created vehicle shortages and higher prices isn’t likely to end any time soon.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has cut its global production 40%.

According to Mark Fulthorpe, with IHS Markit Production Forecasting, the manufacturing of the semiconductors had stalled, but now the testing and shipping of the chips is the current issue,.

“We’re seeing a spill over in Malaysia production at the moment, where we’re seeing COVID cases returning that is disrupting another part of the supply chain,” Fulthorpe said.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 929,574; Death toll now at 20,113

Metro Detroit weather: Steamy, muggy weekend

The Dog Days of August continue, with heat and humidity sticking around into the first half of next week before relief finally arrives.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Parents organizing in the Romeo School District in Macomb County said they are putting pressure on decision makers to mandate masks in schools. Click here to read more.
  • A 20-year veteran officer of the Detroit Police Department is accused of forcibly engaging in sex with another officer against her will inside her home. Click here to read more.
  • Jerome Jackson, 49, was shot and killed outside a home on Detroit’s west side in November of 2019. The person accused of shooting was arrested and charged but has since made bond. The victim’s family said the case has gone nowhere. Click here to read more.
  • A national organization is trying to change the narrative of young Black men across the country. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Study suggests young children most likely to spread COVID at home to family members

A major concern about children at school is the risk of them bringing COVID back home to their parents, siblings and other relatives.

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed more about how children can spread the virus in a household and who poses the greatest risk.

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Security training offered to flight attendants as airlines see rise in unruly passengers

Many flight crews across the country and in Detroit are being offered self defense classes to protect themselves and others on board flights from violent passengers.

Passengers have been lashing out over mask mandates and other new rules being enforced to protect people during the COVID pandemic.

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U-M survey finds most Detroit parents likely to take precautions against COVID, sans vaccine

New research from the University of Michigan shows there’s an uphill battle when it comes to getting children in Detroit vaccinated.

The survey measured the degree of vaccine hesitancy in households with children. It found that only about a third of Detroit adults living with children between the ages of 12 and 17 have received or are likely to receive a COVID vaccine.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.