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.

The picture shows a woman dressed in white protective gear, a face shield and a mask and blue gloves waving goodbye to the driver (who is out of the picture) of a black Toyota. More health care workers are visible in the background.
Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

The nonprofit Family Health Center is holding a large-scale coronavirus testing event tomorrow. As of noon today, 65 people had signed up after getting approval from a doctor.

A picture of a Kalamazoo Public Library card, a stylized depiction of the KPL main building
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Many of the Kalamazoo Public Library’s patrons are following the institution online, checking out e-books and asking questions through chat. For others, though, services don’t translate so easily to the web, says KPL librarian Caitlin Hoag.

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.