Masks, plexiglass and canceled vacations during the pandemic all likely contributed to a dramatic drop in influenza cases in Michigan. The safety measures may also explain drops in other respiratory ailments.
The GOP-led Senate approved nearly $2 billion in supplemental spending Thursday, but withheld another $3 billion in federal COVID funds, and sought to ban using race and income as factors in vaccine distribution, despite the heavy toll the virus has taken on African Americans.
In a report detailing 86 recommendations designed to improve dam safety in Michigan, members of a state task force focused on changes to state law and policy, along with funding fixes to prevent future dam failures like the Edenville break in May.
One day after Michigan released data showing white residents are far more likely to receive the vaccine, a Senate committee voted to dump a distribution formula that gave more doses to minority and impoverished communities.
This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.
The pandemic has exacerbated Michigan’s digital divide, as some students complete homework in parking lots and schools hand-deliver assignments. It’s an issue with educational, equity and economic implications as 1.2 million households lack broadband access.
Michigan’s electricity sector is more prepared for extreme cold and is connected to a regional grid that increases its resilience. But experts say it remains vulnerable to extreme weather events that will become more common as the climate changes.