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Coronavirus Tracker | Michigan's confirmed cases fall

Coronavirus Tracker | Michigan's confirmed cases fall

August 12, 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.

Michigan school reopening tracker: Find out if your district is starting in person or online

Michigan school reopening tracker: Find out if your district is starting in person or online

August 12, 2020 | Lori Higgins

If the nearly two-dozen plans or announcements made so far are any indication, most public school students can expect to start the school year similar to the way they ended the last: online.

Staff at Michigan nursing homes ravaged by COVID-19 set to strike

Staff at Michigan nursing homes ravaged by COVID-19 set to strike

August 12, 2020 | Robin Erb

Saying they are underpaid and unprotected, union members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan say they’re ready to walk. State nursing home advocate says pay has increased; COVID made staffing and PPE a struggle.

Michigan business snapshot of Q2 earnings shows losses — and a few wins

Michigan business snapshot of Q2 earnings shows losses — and a few wins

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins

Cereal is selling well for Kellogg amid coronavirus, but many other public companies in the state are still struggling with low earnings.

Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain.

Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain.

August 12, 2020 | David Wilkins

A look at public filings shows that the leaders of the state’s largest auto businesses don’t yet see the end to COVID-19 slowdowns and sales contraction.

Judge closes case on Michigan teenager detained for not doing homework

Judge closes case on Michigan teenager detained for not doing homework

August 11, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”

Fact Squad: John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

Fact Squad: John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An attack ad from Republican challenger John James uses a 2-second clip and old attendance records to argue Sen. Gary Peters should have done a better job safeguarding against the coronavirus. In making the case, the ad omits some key facts.

Coronavirus surges among Michigan teens as school nears. Blame partying

Coronavirus surges among Michigan teens as school nears. Blame partying

August 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

With school openings approaching, infections are increasing among those 19 and younger in Michigan, which experts attribute to the hubris of youth and lack of social distancing.

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

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.

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

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

August 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

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. 

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

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

August 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

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?

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

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

August 7, 2020 | Ron French

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

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

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

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin

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

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

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

August 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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

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

August 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

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.

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

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

August 6, 2020 | Ron French

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.

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

August 5, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Downtown, Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods — filled with residents who have homes, parents or friends in the suburbs — have the lowest Census responses in Detroit.

Poll: 3 in 10 in Michigan reluctant to take a free COVID-19 vaccine

Poll: 3 in 10 in Michigan reluctant to take a free COVID-19 vaccine

August 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

The rush to develop a vaccine quickly is the very reason many COVID vaccine skeptics say they don’t trust it. If not enough people take an approved vaccine, it would be difficult to achieve herd immunity to protect residents from the virus.

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

August 4, 2020 | Bill Daniels

A veteran public school teacher loves his job and his students, but has strong reservations about returning to in-person learning without safety assurances.

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

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

August 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

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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