Massive fire destroys Detroit grocery store, local businesses ask to be included in eviction moratorium, Michigan governor declares energy emergency


The Harper Food Center on the east side of Detroit was burned down and destroyed in a fire on Saturday night. The Harper Food Center is located in Harper near Chalmers. Video footage of the fire showed flames shooting out of the building.

President Joe Biden extended a homeowner foreclosure ban and an eviction moratorium extends through March. Local small businesses that run into trouble during the pandemic want to be included in these measures.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on Saturday declaring a state of energy in Michigan to ensure adequate propane distribution in the coming days.

The order temporarily suspends restrictions on commercial driver hours to enable immediate delivery of energy to homes and businesses, Whitmer’s office said. It exempts motor companies and drivers who transport propane and heating oil from complying with the maximum weekly driving and service limits.


It will be cold on Sunday morning and cool this afternoon with snow tonight.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan rose to 579,919 on Saturday, including 15,359 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update includes 635 new cases and 63 additional deaths – including 57 deaths found during a record review, meaning they didn’t occur between Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the state reported a total of 579,284 cases and 15,296 deaths.

The state no longer offers coronavirus data updates on Sundays. The next update is expected on Monday afternoon.

New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow down. Tests were stable, averaging more than 40,000 diagnostic tests per day, with the 7-day positive rate dropping below 4.0% as of Thursday. Hospital stays have continued to decline in recent weeks.


Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 814 on Saturday – the lowest since September. The 7-day average death rate on Saturday was 37. The state’s death rate is 2.6%. The state is also reporting “active cases,” which were listed at 35,300 on Saturday – the lowest level since October.

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Dusty Kennedy