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Published 3/15/2020

Researchers: Your Reusable Shopping Bag Is Helping Spread Coronavirus

Single-Use Plastic Bags Help Prevent Spread of Coronavirus, Report Says



Unless you wash that reusable bag regularly, you're doing more to spread COVID-19 than prevent it, researchers say.  That's most people, a 2011 study by The University of Arizona revealed.

It's one of many recent studies demonstrating that while, in theory, a reusable bag is better for the environment, in practice, the bags do as much or more to sustain dangerous bacteria that can contribute to a variety of illnesses.

One study traced the illness of an entire soccer team to a bag that sat on a hotel bathroom floor for an extended period of time.

A New York activist has warned officials that the city's residents could be particularly vulnerable because bags are often set down on subway floors.

Read about those studies and more here.



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3/15/2020 Update

Monday, all K-12 schools in the state of Michigan will be closed to help prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement after 10 more cases if coronavirus were confirmed positive in state.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning a 15-and-a-half-million-dollar project. MDOT announced crews will begin resurfacing Eight Mile Road between I-75 in Hazel Park and I-94 in Harper Woods starting March 30th.  

The Kalamazoo St. Patrick's Day parade this Saturday is canceled. The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo canceled the parade after Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two Blue Cross Blue Shield walk-in centers are closing in Grand Rapids due to the coronavirus. The health insurance company says it will be closing ten total customer walk-in centers across Michigan.

An Oakland County judge may become the first-ever Chaldean American to serve as a federal judge. President Trump has nominated Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Hala Jarbou to fill a vacancy.

Saginaw K-9 Deebo is back on the force. The K-9 Deebo Facebook page says all restrictions have been lifted. Deebo has been cleared for light training after being stabbed a month ago.

Willow Health Center, part of the Ingham Community Health Centers, will relocate, to a more central Lansing location Tuesday. Willow Health Center provides care to people ages 10-21.  

If you are a user of the driver assistance program through the Mackinac Bridge Authority, you may want to find a new way across the bridge. The authority announced on Twitter they will be suspending the program to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.