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Coronavirus Tracker: State reports 223 new cases as ‘positives’ hit a low 3.4%

Coronavirus Tracker: State reports 223 new cases as ‘positives’ hit a low 3.4%

May 26, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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.

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Ron French

The coronavirus has left college officials with hard choices about the fall semester — bring students back, continue remote learning, or find a hybrid approach. Bridge will track plans as they are announced.

Michigan travel industry feels ‘pressures in all directions’

Michigan travel industry feels ‘pressures in all directions’

May 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Tourism drives billions of dollars into the state’s economy. Now, after months of coronavirus shut-downs,  it’s starting summer without answers on when it can attempt to do that again.

Coronavirus air travel: a postcard from a Michigan to Tampa-bound plane

Coronavirus air travel: a postcard from a Michigan to Tampa-bound plane

May 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

As Michigan creeps toward re-opening, Bridge Business Editor Paula Gardner shares what it’s like at Detroit Metro Airport and on a crowded airplane.

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

LGBT rights group sues Michigan over ballot rules, citing coronavirus

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Enforcing traditional petition signature thresholds amid a global pandemic that requires social distancing would be unconstitutional, according to Fair and Equal Michigan, which sued the state on Monday.

Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter

Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter

May 26, 2020 | Robin Erb

Two new studies suggest 1 in 100 health care workers involved in the care of coronavirus patients may have become infected themselves. Bridge Magazine spoke to some of them about how their experiences changed them.

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.

New accounting fuels hope that coronavirus is better contained in Michigan

New accounting fuels hope that coronavirus is better contained in Michigan

May 25, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed how it reports positive coronavirus tests and the implications could influence how quickly the state's economy reopens

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

May 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn.

It’s a long weekend. Can you hug Grandma under Michigan’s stay-home rules?

It’s a long weekend. Can you hug Grandma under Michigan’s stay-home rules?

May 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has loosened restrictions on gatherings and retail stores ahead of Memorial Day weekend, but some confusion remains. Here’s what you can and can’t do. Spoiler alert: You may want to hold off on that hug.

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

May 22, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

At least a half-dozen sheriffs have resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the coronavirus crisis; some belong to a national group that says sheriffs are the final authority on the constitution within their county. 

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Meghanlata Gupta

As coronavirus cases slow and economic fears grow, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosening some restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus.

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

May 21, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

10 unions representing nurses at McLaren hospitals in Michigan say the health care provider is not transparent about finances, PPE.

6 lessons Michigan restaurants and bars can learn from Florida's reopening

6 lessons Michigan restaurants and bars can learn from Florida's reopening

May 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some Michigan restaurants can reopen this weekend, but COVID-19 is still changing the industry. These lessons from Florida, which reopened dining room access earlier this month, offer insight into how the new rules are reshaping business.

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

Trump threatens Michigan funding over Benson absentee application plan

May 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president said he’d “hold up funding” for the state as it faces a $6.2 billion budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion | A letter of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a 2019 grad

Opinion | A letter of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a 2019 grad

May 19, 2020 | SaMya Overall

COVID-19 has presented the Class of 2020 with a unique skill — adaptation, something this older student envies.

Jocelyn Benson orders Michigan to mail absentee applications to all voters

Jocelyn Benson orders Michigan to mail absentee applications to all voters

May 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will use $4.5 million in CARES Act funding to send applications to 7.7 million registered voters. The plan is likely to be opposed by Republicans.

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires newly reopened manufacturers to "suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours" to protect workers from the novel coronavirus. Trump is expected to tour a Ford facility on Thursday.

Michigan laws kept him imprisoned after his parole. Now, he has COVID-19.

Michigan laws kept him imprisoned after his parole. Now, he has COVID-19.

May 19, 2020 | Joey Horan

As the coronavirus slams Michigan prisons, 1,500 prisoners remain locked up even though they’ve been granted parole. That’s because of strict Truth in Sentencing laws that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has refused to change amid the pandemic.

Michigan changing how it classifies coronavirus deaths. Expect tally to grow.

Michigan changing how it classifies coronavirus deaths. Expect tally to grow.

May 19, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Two months into the pandemic, Michigan will begin tallying ‘probable’ COVID-19 deaths rather than just those confirmed with a test. Already more than 5,000 have died statewide, and the changes could increase tally 10 percent.

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