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Henrietta Verhoeven didn’t quite understand why her family couldn’t come inside Christian Haven Home on Tuesday to wish her a happy birthday.

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Dr. Haney Assaad, an internist and vice president of medical affairs for the North Ottawa Community Health System, answers some common questions being circulated on social media about the coronavirus.

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Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming west-northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

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Here is what you told us on our Online Poll over the past week:

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GRAND RAPIDS — Currently, West Michigan is being affected less than other parts of the country economically due to fallout from the current COVID-19 pandemic, said Paul Isely, associate dean and professor of economics at Grand Valley State University.

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News of the COVID-19 pandemic response dominates nearly every media platform, including some social media and internet sites where misinformation and myths are circulating. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group says it’s import…

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Over the past few years, Grand Haven Township has been expanding Hofma Park and Preserve, including applying for development grants with the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).

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Macomb prosecutor under corruption charges quits

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The staff of North Ottawa Community Hospital organized rooms over the weekend and officials say they are prepared for the expected surge of COVID-19 patients.

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Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind 6 to 8 mph.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed onto a $150 million funding package to fight the coronavirus pandemic while vetoing $167 million she said should be saved as Michigan confronts what are expected to be plummeting tax revenues amid the pandemic’s economic fallout.

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MUSKEGON — Muskegon Community College has partnered with the State of Michigan and Mercy Health to use the college’s Health and Wellness Center in Muskegon as a site for hospital beds for overflow patients to free up space in area hospitals for the possible influx of critical COVID-19 cases.

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With markers, paint and other supplies, local children and families are creating cards and letters to bring a smile to faces.

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With googly-eyes perched on his face, Abe Overway greeted video viewers, “Good morning, boys and girls, and welcome to Holmes elementary S.T.E.M. at home edition.”

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Grand Haven City Council has voted to oppose a new bill that would redirect funds from unclaimed bottle deposits.

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The stay-at-home mandate due to COVID-19 is hard for many. We’re wired to be social creatures, to hang out with our loved ones, friends, neighbors teachers and co-workers.

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Positive case counts for people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) increased daily as noted in the online updates given by Ottawa County staff this week.

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In response to the coronavirus emergency, the state Legislature has scheduled tentative one-day-a-week sessions, but is unlikely to meet again before April 21.

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Today: Showers likely, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Windy, with a south-southwest wind 29 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After days of desperate pleas from the nation's governors, President Donald Trump took a round of steps to expand the federal government's role in helping produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic even as he warned the leaders of hard-hit states n…

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Community members may not be able to go out and spend time with friends and family in shops and restaurants during the governor’s order to stay home and stay safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) event; however, Ottawa County’s parks remain open with a few changes.

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FERRYSBURG — While people are exploring different parks as the weather turns warmer, they can help Ottawa County Parks and Recreation staff collect input in creating designs for Ottawa Sands.

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Today: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5 p.m. Patchy fog before noon. High near 55. East wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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In response to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state.

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As part of remediating portions of Harbor Island and demolishing the J.B. Sims coal-fired plant, the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power board has approved multiple improvements during its most recent meeting.

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When we can’t hug, or touch, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to reach out.

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WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to approve an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide one-time checks for most Americans and significant enhancements to unemployment benefits. Both will provide much-needed help to those recently laid-off and to financially stres…