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Hospitals everywhere face a severe shortage of personal protection equipment, or PPE, because of the COVID-19 crisis. But three departments at Western Michigan University are trying to help.


Western Michigan University says a student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

A close-up of a sandwich board with a sign that reads "preemptive covid-19 action - dealership closed"
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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.

The photo shows the back of a UPS truck parked on the street with a driver unloading packages.
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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.

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The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that a Western Michigan University student has died after contracting COVID-19. The student, who was studying chemical engineering, was not living in Kalamazoo.