Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

A big brick building is shown looming in the distance. In front is a lawn with a fence and a sign that says "heroes work here."
Paul Sancya / AP Photo

A union that represents nurses at Kalamazoo’s Ascension Borgess hospital says some members could face mandatory reassignment to care for coronavirus patients in the Detroit area. The Michigan Nurses Association says Ascension Borgess hospital plans to make some nurses transfer if it doesn’t get enough volunteers.

Jamie Brown is the president of the MNA’s chapter at Borgess. She says the union wants to bargain with the hospital.

a worker on a ladder puts plywood over the windows of a black one story building
John Locher / AP Photo

Small businesses can now apply for coronavirus relief from a range of sources – federal, state and local governments and nonprofits. The patchwork is its own source of anxiety for business owners, who worry that one badly-needed source of aid will cancel another, and that the total still won’t be enough to see them through the shutdown.

A close-up of a sandwich board with a sign that reads "preemptive covid-19 action - dealership closed"
Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Globalization didn’t cause the coronavirus pandemic, and global ties might help as countries fight the disease, Western Michigan University economist Susan Pozo told WMUK. She also said that restarting the economy now would only damage it in the long run.

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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Small businesses in the City of Kalamazoo have a new option for coronavirus relief: a low-interest loan, backed by a new program from the city and the United Way.

The photo shows the back of a UPS truck parked on the street with a driver unloading packages.
Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

The thoughtful consumer now faces a conundrum when ordering goods, especially nonessential ones. On the one hand, those orders can help businesses struggling to survive the coronavirus shutdown. But shipping workers are so busy now that some are, according to the New York Times, coming to work sick. That puts them, their coworkers and possibly the public at risk.