U-M’s first COVID patient mirrored; Howard Big Ten Coach of the Yr; Summer party 2021 plans

Happy friday!

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather over the past few days. Thank you for reading.

This week has been a year since Michigan’s first coronavirus cases were confirmed. It is hard to believe that a long time has passed. Do you remember when people thought life would only be interrupted for a month or two?

Here in Ann Arbor, Michigan Medicine began treating patients directly as soon as cases were discovered. One of those first cases was Paul DeWyse – U-M’s first official COVID patient. In a recent interview with the health system, he recalls turning on the television in his isolation room and seeing news reporters gathered outside the hospital talking about his case. He said he was grateful to be alive after receiving a double lung transplant in 2018. Watch the interview here.


Have a nice weekend.

– Meredith (@ meredith_A4)

? Michigan Basketball’s Juwan Howard named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Players Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner and Hunter Dickinson also won All-Big Ten awards after the team won 19-3 this year. (A4)

? “We’ll come, no matter what.” A group of University of Michigan parents and students gathered outside the Michigan Union last weekend and requested a personal graduation ceremony. (A4)


? The Ann Arbor Summer Festival announced that there will be no more Top of the Park or indoor performances this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, smaller pop-up events and outdoor concerts are held to keep people at a safe distance. (A4)

Michigan Medicine has announced plans to build a new 12-story hospital on its campus, which the health system says will ensure that every inpatient has their own room. (A4)

? Washtenaw County’s Health Department has opened a new COVID-19 mass vaccination facility in Chelsea. (A4)


? The weather is warming up and you know what that means: construction season. On the Broadway Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions. The construction work is expected to last until July 20th. You will also find an overview of the upcoming road closures in the city center and the corresponding dates here. (A4)

? On Saturday, Pull Over Prevention Clinics in Ypsilanti are holding an event to carry out minor car repairs free of charge. The organization claims to be holding these free events to prevent law enforcement from creating racial profiles. (MLive)


? The city of Ann Arbor is seeking public contributions to its Healthy Roads 2021 program. (A4)

? UM startup Refraction AI, known for its grocery delivery robots driving around Ann Arbor, has raised $ 4.2 million in seed capital. (TechCrunch)

? Local startup PassiveBolt recently received an award for its smart home lock. (A4)

?️ Attention Parents: You can now book play times for your pod at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. (A4)


?️ Some UM students have launched a range of Michigan-shaped natural soaps. (A4)

? Are you missing a brunch? Check out this pop-up at Miss Kim with Lala’s boss Allie Lyttle. The menu changes every weekend through March and they hope to keep it up through April. (A4)

? In other food news, the former pop-up Side Biscuit will be ceremoniously opened for its new restaurant on Saturday. His specialties? Chicken wings and homemade cookies. Yum. (A4)


“This was the first summer I’ve spent in Ann Arbor in 20 years.”

– Stuart Marley, owner of downtown Real Irish, whose retail and travel business has been hit by the pandemic

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