Michigan families fight to see seniors amid COVID-19, even in hospice care

August 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Despite new guidelines intended to give nursing homes and other facilities more discretion to allow visitors during a pandemic, families say some centers remain rigid, hurting the residents they are trying to protect.

Big Ten may cancel Michigan football. In Ann Arbor, businesses brace for worst

August 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

University of Michigan football makes some $122 million per year and supports a host of businesses throughout Ann Arbor. They’ve already endured the coronavirus. Can they survive the loss of the 2020 season?

Coronavirus Tracker: State reports 557 new infections as caseload remains steady

August 10, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

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.

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

August 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

 Vice presidential nominees almost never resign unless or until they win election, so Gretchen Whitmer likely would remain Michigan governor even if she is tapped by Joe Biden as his running mate. But would she curtail her duties to campaign amid a deadly pandemic?

What do you want? she asked her hubby in MI nursing home. ‘You,’ he said.

August 10, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Isolation is sapping the life of residents in nursing homes and other facilities amid no-visitation policies during COVID-19. As restrictions grind on, Bridge tells the stories of six residents, who are fading a bit day by lonely day. 

What will K-12 education in Michigan look like this fall? Join us to discuss.

August 10, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal in The Center for Michigan

Senior Writer Ron French will moderate an online Lunch Break discussion with Michigan educators working to ensure a safe education environment in their districts this fall. Bridge readers are invited to join the conversation.

Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan COVID-19 state of emergency through Sept. 4

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The extended state of emergency allows the governor to continue issuing executive orders such as the mask-wearing requirement and stay-at-home order.

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

August 7, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

School closures in other states have Michigan education leaders preparing for what they say are inevitable closures and quarantines this fall.

Map: Trump counties less likely to vote absentee in Michigan primary

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

Heavily Republican counties were less likely to embrace mail-in voting than their Democratic counterparts. Counties with more coronavirus cases also were more likely to cast absentee ballots.

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

August 6, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan schools are creating reopening plans for the fall during the coronavirus pandemic with little guidance from the state about what is required, and how they’ll be funded.

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

August 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Children & Families

Following an outbreak at a camp, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued another executive order requiring masks for those older than 2. Child care officials say most already were taking similar precautions.

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power

August 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Fifty-two percent of Michigan voters oppose a petition drive that would repeal a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to continue an emergency declaration during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide poll. But that may not stop the GOP-led Legislature from enacting the initiative anyway.

Michigan passes absentee ballot voting test. November could be another story.

August 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Despite fears of multiple-day waits and long lines, Michigan’s primary Tuesday experienced few major issues. Even more absentee voting is expected this fall and clerks say there’s no guarantee of smooth sailing without new laws.

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