Masks, sanitizer and absentee ballots: What to know about Michigan’s primary

August 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Absentee voters are likely to make a big difference in an election marked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Masks aren’t required but are encouraged, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer at polling places. Here’s what else to expect.

Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan prisons report surge in cases

August 4, 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.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders state police to enforce COVID executive orders

August 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

As coronavirus cases rise in Michigan — and enforcement of social distancing rules is spotty statewide — the governor orders state police to enforce her executive orders like any other law and requires state agencies to consider pulling licenses of violators.

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Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

August 3, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

MSU said in May it would reopen its campus in the fall. But rising coronavirus cases have led university officials to encourage students to take their classes online from their homes.

With ‘school policy in chaos,’ coronavirus delays debate in Michigan Senate

August 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A Michigan senator’s positive test for COVID-19 has shut down debate this week for school reopening measures. Republicans want to require all districts to offer in-person classes.

Detroit museum renowned for investing in Black art. Staff says it’s all show.

August 3, 2020 | Louis Aguilar in Urban Affairs

The Detroit Institute of Arts has made major strides in showcasing African-American art and in its outreach to Black Detroiters. Is that progress enough to withstand charges of institutional racism and a ‘toxic’ workplace?

Edenville Dam inspector: ‘People want to point fingers,’ but I did my best

August 3, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan is adding a third dam inspector as part of reforms following the failure of the Edenville Dam that caused $200 million in damages. One inspector who oversaw the dam defends the state’s actions, saying “There’s no ‘Easy’ button, or we would have pushed it.” 

COVID-19 hinders Michigan’s efforts to track mosquito-borne illnesses

August 3, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Testing delays and lab shutdowns tied to the novel coronavirus have stymied public health officials’ efforts to track and contain mosquito-borne illnesses after a deadly outbreak of diseases in 2019.

Court releases Michigan teen detained over homework amid pandemic

July 31, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen in Talent & Education

Grace’s story, first published by ProPublica Illinois, prompted outrage and debate across the country. Though a judge refused to set the girl free, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her immediate release from a juvenile detention facility in Detroit.  

President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here’s the reality in Michigan.

July 31, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

As Trump questions mail-in voting, records show Michigan has 225,000 more registered voters than voting-age residents. That is no proof of fraud, which experts say is rare, but some clerks say Michigan’s rolls need to be cleaned to increase confidence in elections.

Are Michigan schools safe to reopen? Here’s what science and doctors say

July 30, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Some schools say classrooms aren’t safe, and others are hanging up the welcome sign (albeit with plenty of face masks). It’s confusing even for epidemiologists.

Michigan hospitals test if plasma from recovering patients can curb COVID-19

July 30, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Antibody-rich plasma is thought to save lives among the sickest coronavirus patients. Michigan’s major hospitals now will see if it helps the mildly sick before they get worse.

Prosecutors support releasing Michigan girl detained for not doing schoolwork

July 30, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen in Children & Families

Although earlier this year prosecutors pushed for the detention of a Michigan high schooler during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have now repeatedly said they support sending her home to her mother.

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