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Coronavirus update: Number of COVID-19 cases increases in Hamtramck


By Charles Sercombe
As the coronavirus continues to spread in Michigan – and in Wayne County especially – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to take action.
Hamtramck, like most communities seems like a ghost town. There is hardly anyone on the streets, which is a good thing considering that the governor’s directive to stay at home as much as possible is still in effect.
As of Thursday, the day The Review went to press, there were 23 known COVID-19 cases in Hamtramck – up from nine last week. Mayor Karen Majewski said there has been one death from the disease, a 90-year-old man who was being treated at a hospital in Livonia.
On Thursday, before The Review went to press, Gov. Whitmer announced that she cancelled the remainder of the school year.
Despite her spat with President Trump, Whitmer’s request for Trump to declare Michigan a “Major Disaster” was granted.
That move opens the way for the state to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and take advantage of various FEMA programs.
“This is a good start, and it will help us protect Michiganders and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Whitmer a press release. “I’m hopeful that the president will review my request for individual assistance programs that would provide meals to families who need them, and rental assistance and temporary housing for families. I look forward to the federal government’s continued partnership as we work to fight this virus.”
Other actions Whitmer has taken include:
Requiring cities that disconnected water service to any household immediately restore that service.
Whitmer has set up a $2 million “Water Restart Grant Program” to help communities with restoring water service.
Again, in a press release, Whitmer said:
“This is a critical step both for the health of families living without a reliable water source, and for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.
“We continue to work to provide all Michiganders – regardless of their geography or income level – the tools they need to keep themselves and their communities protected.”
City Manager Kathy Angerer said there were no recent water shut-offs, but she was not sure how many households had no water service to begin with.
The state is assisting communities that are holding special elections on May 5 with mailing absentee voter ballots to all registered voters.
Hamtramck had a school bond proposal on the May 5 ballot, but the public school district decided to postpone it, and instead will piggyback the proposal on the August primary election ballot.
No one likes paying income taxes, but the state did the next best thing: The deadline to submit state and local income taxes is now July 15, instead of April 15.
The federal government has also extended the tax filing deadline to July 15.
Pharmacists in the state are now allowed to fill emergency prescriptions for up to 60 days. That directive from the governor runs through April 22, but it could be extended.
The governor’s directive for people to stay home is still in effect through April 13. During this shut-in period, only folks who have what are termed “essential jobs” can go to work.
Otherwise, you can go to grocery stores, medical facilities – and a number of other businesses — as well as enjoy recreational activities outside. The public must observe social distancing – keeping at least 6 feet apart from one another while out in the public.
For those who don’t obey the ban, they could be fined up to $500.
Non-essential businesses must also remain closed.
Posted April 3, 2020

17 Responses to Coronavirus update: Number of COVID-19 cases increases in Hamtramck

  1. Nasr Hussain

    April 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Notice that in this map, countries vaccinated with BCG vaccine (in red) of multiple strains have the lowest rate of Coronavirus deaths.

    This might explain the absence of any fatalities (to my knowledge) in the Yemeni and Bengali communities in Michigan.

    Death rate of these countries using this system of vaccination, contrast sharply with neighboring ones that don’t use this system:

    India, Mongolia, Kazakhstan vs. China.
    Mexico vs. USA
    Peru vs. Ecuador

    Is it merely a coincidence or can this be a possible vaccine for the Coronavirus?

  2. Nasr Hussain

    April 4, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Trials are already underway:

    Shouldn’t people who weren’t vaccinated with this vaccine get it. If it doesn’t benefit them, it won’t harm them.

  3. Nasr Hussain

    April 4, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    A BCG vaccine is given to prevent tuberculosis (TB) infection. The vaccine contains bacteria called BCG (bacille Calmette-Guérin) that is closely related to the bacteria that cause TB.

    The BCG vaccine is often given to people in countries where TB is common, such as South America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. But it is seldom used in the United States because:

    TB is not a widespread problem in the U.S.
    The effectiveness of the vaccine varies. It is most effective at preventing TB from spreading outside of the lungs (extrapulmonary TB) in children.
    The vaccine interferes with TB skin test results. People who get a BCG vaccination are likely to have TB skin test results that show they have a TB infection even when they aren’t infected.
    Current as of: January 25, 2020

  4. csercombe

    April 4, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    “…B.C.G. also cannot be administered to anyone who has a compromised immune system, because it is a live-attenuated vaccine — meaning it contains live but weakened TB.”

    “Not everyone is convinced B.C.G. holds much promise. Dr. Domenico Accili, an endocrinologist at Columbia University, said he thought efforts to use the vaccine against the coronavirus sound “a bit like magical thinking.”

    While acknowledging that B.C.G. is “a non-specific booster of the immune system,” he said, “we should be able to deploy a more tailored approach.”

  5. Nasr Hussain

    April 4, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    If it doesn’t work, no harm done, it’s a safe and cheap vaccine.
    If it does, imagine the the saving realized to lives and to the economy.
    A trial run of this vaccine conducted in the hardest hit city of Detroit will prove or disprove this theory and keep the death rate down if proven successful.

  6. Resident

    April 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    B.C.G. isn’t a magic bullet for Bengali community. Two persons from Bengali community in Detroit area lost their lives due to COVID-19. The number is much higher in NYC – both young and old.

    People who were born in Bangladesh or Yemen most likely received BCG vaccine. However, their US born children probably are not that fortunate. US doesn’t require BCG, and it may not be easily accessible. I asked our pediatrician (years ago) about getting BCG vaccine for our child. The doctor was against it and was unwilling to get one.

    “Stay home! Stay safe! Save lives!”


  7. Reader

    April 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    So now Nasr is an epidemiologist? Is there anything this guy isn’t an expert and authority on?

  8. Nasr Hussain

    April 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    @Resident: How old were they?

    @Reader: These are readily available studies that anyone can read online, no need to be an epidemiologist. Links have been provided in previous posts.

  9. Resident

    April 5, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    The 2 in metro Detroit were over 60. One person in NYC was 26.

  10. Anonymous

    April 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Lmfaoo nasr is funny guy.

  11. Nasr Hussain

    April 5, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    1 out of 74,000 ( Bengali community population in NYC as of 2011, much more now) is very insignificant and he might even be born here and not vaccinated.

  12. Nasr Hussain

    April 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm

  13. Nasr Hussain

    April 5, 2020 at 8:26 pm

  14. Resident

    April 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    @Nasr – As of yesterday Bengali death count was 73 in NYC. They fall in pretty much all age brackets. It is possible that many of these people didn’t get BCG vaccine…BCG findings in Australia do give hope. It’d be a miracle if indeed it works out.


  15. Babu

    May 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    How can I get a live report from Hamtramck regarding covid-19 virus. It is very alarming for all of us, we never know who get attack by this and afraid to go in work before vaccination, there is no guarantee in workplace. some of place already open in may 4th include as my factory. I am seeking work from home no matter of rate of pay if someone has that information please pass that for me. Thanks a lot!

    Editor: here is a link to see Hamtramck’s daily report, go to the box in the upper right and scroll down until you see Hamtramck:

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