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Ford manufactures, ships over 1 million plastic face shields


DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it has manufactured and shipped over 1 million clear plastic face shields to hospitals and first responders all over the U.S.

The company hit the mark on Saturday and sent the 1 millionth protective shield to New York City as part of a shipment of more than 30,000 shields, spokeswoman Elizabeth Kraft said.

Ford began designing the shields on March 19 after getting a request from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. It started building masks at a factory in Plymouth, Michigan, near Detroit on March 23.

About 260 employees represented by the United Auto Workers union are now producing at a rate of 225,000 shields per day on two shifts. All the employees have volunteered for the work. They could be getting most of their pay while staying at home.

Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Volkswagen and other automakers and parts suppliers have mobilized to build face masks, respirators to help protect people from the novel coronavirus. Ford and GM plan to build ventilators.

 

Virus side effect: Jobless claims in state already top 2019


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential remaining open.

Whitmer said her stay-at-home order will be extended in the days ahead. Michigan finished the weekend with at least 15,718 coronavirus cases and 617 deaths, mostly concentrated in Detroit and the suburbs.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s medical executive. “Our hospitals continue to be overwhelmed, especially in southeast Michigan.”

Whitmer said more people have applied for unemployment aid in the last two weeks than in all of 2019, when the state’s jobless rate was under 4%. She promised that people would get paid, despite computer woes and bureaucratic red tape, and said the size of the staff to handle the crush was growing.

“We will get to you,” the governor said.

 

Committee hosting online video book club meeting April 23


The Lawyers of a Certain Age (LOCA) Committee is inviting all Oakland County Bar Association members to join them online for their book club meeting via a Zoom video conference call on Thursday, April 23, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This month, they will be reading and discussing “Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life” by Daniel Klein. Those interested can buy the book or download it at several online retailers, such as Amazon.

To be sent the Zoom meeting invitation to join the discussion, register online at www.ocba.org and clicking on “events,” or contact Sue Maczko at smaczko@ocba.org or 248-334-3400.


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