Prayer vigil held for Wayne County sheriff on ventilator with COVID
DETROIT – Family and co-workers of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon gathered Sunday to pray for him to fully recover from coronavirus. Napoleon’s daughter, Tiffani Jackson, said she is more than appreciative of all the support from those who want to see him pull through. “I feel the love just from just from seeing how many people showed up here today,” Jackson said. “My grandmother has five children and of her five children, four of them have been affected by COVID-19,” Jackson said. We need to be very careful,” said Wayne County undersheriff Daniel Pfannes.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon hospitalized with COVID
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is in the hospital recovering from COVID-19 complications. That’s good news from Tiffani Jackson, the daughter of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. He tested positive for coronavirus,“His symptoms really developed early this week, somewhere around Tuesday or so,” Jackson recalled. So his doctor started monitoring those levels because we know that COVID attack those respiratory symptoms.”Friday, he went to the hospital. Now, Sheriff Napoleon is trying to find out when and where he caught the virus.
Metro Detroit COVID-19 survivor warns: Don’t let down your guard around COVID-19
DETROIT, Mich. – Nina Lewellen is a healthy mother of two who said she was cautious about the coronavirus this spring. But in June, as the stay-at-home order was lifted and things started to relax, so did Lewellen. “My mom really kind of started with like a little cough. Lewellen’s mom was hospitalized and tested positive. Kids do spread it.”Two months later, Lewellen’s mother is still recovering.
TCF Bank giving out loans to minority, women-owned businesses
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Theres a big boost coming for minority small businesses in the city of Detroit. TCF Bank announced a new $1 Billion loan commitment to minority and women-owned small businesses. Black owned, woman owned,said Jamesha Lucas with Bronzed N' Glow. Its a title, Jamesha Lucas with Bronzed N' Glow said, she is very proud of, Bronzed N' Glow is a modern twist to beauty supply retail. Gary Torgow with TCF Bank said he understands, this is a tough time for businesses, especially if youre black owned.
Watch: Wayne County Sheriffs Office hands out COVID-19 care packages instead of tickets
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Nobody likes being pulled over -- but instead of tickets drivers got a surprise from the Wayne County Sheriffs Office on Thursday. Click here for more community reportsWatch the video above for the full story
Deadline approaching for small businesses to apply for $50 million in grants
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has especially hit small businesses hard. Now, local businesses have access to $50 million to help with offsetting COVID-19 related costs under a new program by Wayne County. But Assistant County Executive and Economic Development Executive Director Khalil Rahal, with Wayne County said there’s financial help for small businesses. It’s called the Wayne County Back to Work Small Business Readiness Grant. “So the Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, he puts out a $50 Million dollar grant program.
Wayne County Airport Authority announces layoffs, separations at Detroit Metro Airport after financial hit from COVID-19 pandemic
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. In a letter to employees, Wayne County Airport Authority officials announced that they would be making layoffs and separations due to the financial hit from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read a portion of the letter below:Dear Team,As you know, the Wayne County Airport Authoritys finances have suffered due to the pandemic. The continued loss of revenue is taking a toll on Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to the drastic decline in air travelers. A decline in air travelers means a decline in revenue. Despite our best efforts to offset our dramatic revenue losses to avoid staff reductions, the Senior Leadership Team has determined layoffs and separations are unavoidable.
Wayne County program helps people who lost their job get health benefits
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Many Michigan residents have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that means they also lost benefits. June 4, 2020 -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 58,241; Death toll now at 5,595Wayne County has launched a program that aims to help people get health benefits. Wayne County has partnered with an intermediary to make certain that Wayne County residents dont hit a financial wall when it comes to medications. The partnership is called the COVID-19 RX Support Program. Even if you have retained your insurance you can still enroll in the support program and that includes medication case management.
Detroit mayor defends citys use of rapid COVID-19 test kits called into question by FDA
DETROIT Mayor Mike Duggan is defending Detroits use of rapid testing kits now called into question by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The federal agency issued a warning that Abbot Labs 15-minute coronavirus (COVID-19) tests may be giving inaccurate results. Whitmer: There are enough Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths to fill Fox TheatreThere are concerns that the Abbot tests give a negative result when a patient is actually positive. Duggan said the citys medical director tested samples at a state lab -- looking for false negatives. Duggan said various tests are being used in Detroit and the city continues to check the temperature and symptoms of workers.
Customized Hondas will take Detroiters to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
DETROIT – Detroit is once again the home for the year’s newest cars -- but this year’s models are designed for the times. Honda is donating its first 10 minivans specially fitted for transporting those sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Detroit. Higher pressure air in the front where the air is then pushed to the rear. The pressure ensuring there’s never airflow from the patient to the driver, much like the pressure barrier created in hospital rooms. Instead, he asked the Honda representative at the briefing to explain Honda had already engineered a similar system for other vehicles in Tokyo.
Families protest Downriver nursing home after 20 residents die of COVID-19
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – A protest was held Wednesday outside Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview after 20 residents died from coronavirus. They are not cleaning or doing anything in there.”Officials with Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home said two weeks ago that seven residents died of COVID-19. Four more died at Rivergate Health, next door and 72 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. Families said both facilities are too short staffed to care for 300 residents. “Help these people men and women risking lives.”Residents are now being tested as Rivergate received 50 tests Wednesday.
73-year-old woman dies from amid state investigation of COVID-19 at Riverview nursing home
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – A woman said she found out her mother was sick by peering through the window of the Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview. On Wednesday the woman’s 73-year-old mother died, and according to her family it was because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Tracy Estrada said details of her mother weren’t coming out of Rivergate Nursing Home so she went there herself and had to look through her window, and what she saw was alarming. She said she saw staff wearing protective gear and her mother was shaking. Local 4 has learned from insiders at Rivergate that coronavirus was spreading to residents and staff like wildfire for weeks.