Whitmer: Michigan school reopening threatened by rising coronavirus cases

July 9, 2020 | Ron French, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Michigan families Thursday: If you want kids back in school in September, wear face masks today. She also hinted at stronger enforcement actions in the coming days.

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Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan cases rise yet again, to 654

July 11, 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.

Whitmer orders Michigan stores to refuse entry to those not wearing masks

July 10, 2020 | Ron French, Paula Gardner in Business Watch

With coronavirus cases rising, Michigan’s governor toughened state face mask requirements. Starting Monday, expect to be refused entry to stores and restaurants if you’re not covered. Customers face fines, stores face closure for ignoring.

On Mackinac Island, Lake Huron’s waves are destroying an iconic highway

July 9, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

State officials are scrambling to save the carless road that encircles the island, beloved as one of Michigan most scenic bike rides. High waters and relentless winter storms are chewing up state coastal roads.

Will coronavirus curb ACT and SAT admissions tests at Michigan colleges?

July 9, 2020 | Sophia Yoon in Talent & Education

High school students can’t find sites to take high-stakes tests, or are seeing sites cancelling exams due to COVID-19. With more colleges already going test-optional, could these entrance exams be on the wane?

Huge drop in Michigan vaccinations scares experts during coronavirus

July 8, 2020 | Ted Roelofs, Ron French in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan vaccinations in May were down 46 percent, raising health concerns about the flu and other illnesses. More troubling: rates for children 9 to 18 were down 66 percent, casting doubt on whether they will be allowed to enroll in school in the fall.

Michigan Democrats push to open police disciplinary files, limit immunity

July 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The success of sweeping police reforms sought by Michigan’s Black and Detroit legislative caucuses may turn on how well private discussions proceed with House Republicans, who have taken steps to meet with the Democratic groups. 

Michigan’s newest headache: Young adults are driving coronavirus growth

July 7, 2020 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

 Industries that serve the vulnerable see risky behaviors among young workers, but say they’re limited on what they can do.

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Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

July 7, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan’s attorney general joined AGs in several states in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over CARES Act dollars going to private schools. A DeVos spokesperson said the funding is intended for all students.

$100M in ‘critical’ coronavirus relief coming to Michigan small businesses

July 7, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

With uncertainty growing along with coronavirus cases across the U.S., the state says the new grants are ‘critical’ to helping them survive the pandemic. Another $15M targets farms

Computer pad can help Michigan seniors use telehealth during coronavirus

July 6, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Metro Detroit seniors are embracing online doctor visits using a customized tablet that makes technology less intimidating. It could prove a model for seniors increasingly dependent on telehealth to visit doctors.

Michigan hospital: Our coronavirus test gives results in minutes, not days

July 6, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Researchers at Beaumont Health say they are using technology they first developed to detect the zika virus. The test, which has yet to win FDA approval, is reliable, inexpensive and easier to administer, researchers say.

Federal judge dismisses GOP case against Michigan redistricting commission

July 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The case is the latest in a number of legal victories for the new commission for drawing voting district lines in Michigan.

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