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Today is National Nurses Day, marking the beginning of National Nurses Week leading up to May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightengale.

Health care professionals are at the forefront of the nation’s effort to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To mark Nurses Day, WKAR asked nurses at both of Lansing’s hospital systems to send us their messages to the community. They include Angela Tisdale, Deb Goodman and Carrie Malek of McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, and Laura Timm, Brooke Smith, Allison Cartwright and Emmy Epling of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

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Workers at meat processing plants in the U.S. are increasingly being diagnosed with COVID-19, and the chairman of Tyson Foods, John Tyson, recently referred to the food supply chain as “breaking.”

WKAR’s Scott Pohl asked MSU food supply expert Brent Ross to evaluate the safety and reliability of America’s food distribution system. In general, Ross thinks we have “a lot of food.”

Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

COVID-19 restrictions under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders are being eased. Even though the stay home directive remains in place until May 15th, activities like golf and boating are being allowed.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Gulick about Michigan’s approach, which is slower than that of some other states.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

A survey finds that Michigan restaurants anticipate losses of $1.2-billion dollars in April.

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For Muslims, today is the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Sohail Chaudhry, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, about how COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are changing things this year.

Illustration of Virus
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

A return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic hinges on an effective vaccine.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick, an expert in infectious diseases in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, about vaccine development. He says an early key is the detection of the genetic sequence of the virus, something that happened quickly in China.

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Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is moving its collection site for donations of supplies like gloves, masks and sanitizing wipes on Monday.

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Abigail Censky / WKAR/MSU

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has released a statement about how the city will respond to protests like this week’s “Operation Gridlock” if they reoccur.

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Top officials at Michigan State University are taking temporary pay cuts as part of MSU’s response to the financial impact of COVID-19.

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Capital Region International Airport in Lansing will get more than $10-million dollars in federal funding in response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.