Stories

How the Ruth Ellis Center is protecting Detroit’s LGBTQ youth during the coronavirus crisis
By Sarah Williams Throughout the pandemic, the Ruth Ellis Center has kept providing its critical services for vulnerable LGBTQ Detroiters, like medical care, housing and food. But social distancing requirements means youth who rely on the center are losing a lifeline, while facing compounding health and safety risks. Still, their community has decades of experience,
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Person shopping at Whole Foods in front of store sign.
The constant anxiety of working at Detroit’s Whole Foods during a pandemic
ESSENTIAL DISPATCHES: Detour Detroit is spotlighting the stories of people whose jobs have been deemed “essential” under the Michigan’s directive issued last week that aims to keep most people at home. While many businesses have been forced to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19, others are still open, with tens of thousands working and
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Mich. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist shares how he and his family survive social distancing
How Michigan Lt Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and his family stay sane while social distancing
By Amy Haimerl Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is earning his #StandTALLforMichigan campaign slogan right now. He’s helping the state secure shipments of N95 masks and other critical supplies for hospitals treating patients with COVID-19; he’s also working on pressing issues such as unemployment benefit expansion and water shut-offs. He’s tasked with spreading a life-or-death message:
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Photo of Amina Daniels, owner of Detroit fitness studio Live Cycle Delight, in yoga pose.
Take in Detroit culture this week from your couch
What to do, eat, read and listen to in Detroit this week while you're trapped at home and social distancing.
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sign reading Refugees Welcome.
The coronavirus pandemic leaves asylum seekers at Freedom House Detroit in an excruciating waiting game
By Amy Haimerl Michigan’s mandate to stay at home and socially distance unless you’re an essential worker has ground normal life to a halt. It’s lonely and restless, even if you’re healthy and your job is secure.  At Freedom House Detroit, however, staff are scrambling to keep the doors open, while residents are on standby,
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Here are the best Metro Detroit restaurants available on delivery apps
Thankfully, during the coronavirus pandemic, we can at least order some of the best meals in Detroit on delivery apps -- without even pausing Netflix.
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We answer your questions about COVID-19 in Detroit and Michigan’s stay at home order
We’re updating this story as policies change. Last updated April 6. Michigan’s “stay at home” mandate, announced March 23 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is the latest restriction to daily life in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic before it overwhelms hospitals, supplies and healthcare workers. (The projections for what happens if we
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Detroit’s small business owners don’t know how they’ll survive the next month
“I've worked hard my whole life to maintain a good credit score, pay my bills, build my business and pay employees. The best-case scenario destroys all of that."
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The best virtual events in Detroit during the COVID-19 shelter at home quarantine
We've got some amazing things you can do this week "in Detroit," aka with a Zoom video conference, YouTube, Facebook or Instagram live.
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Detroit said it would end water shutoffs to battle the spread of coronavirus. But people still have no running water
Detroit has led the way nationally in its efforts to restore service to households without running water in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but activists warn the city is still failing to help thousands of residents living without running water.   The People’s Water Board Coalition is calling on Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ensure
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Opinion: A rallying cry for local restaurants as our industry goes down in flames
When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut down bars and banned dining in at restaurants this week to slow the spread of coronavirus, tens of thousands of people lost their jobs. Millions of service workers across the country had the same experience as states closed or limited service at restaurants like mine, Takoi and Magnet in
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Coronavirus in Detroit: what you need to know
Updated Friday, March 13 It’s official: 12 COVID-19 cases are now confirmed in 7 Michigan counties, as the coronavirus strain spreads around the U.S, reaching pandemic status and prompting President Donald Trump to enact a travel ban for non-citizens flying from European countries.  The cases include: An adult female from Ingham County with history of travel on a cruise. Two adult
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