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Coronavirus Tracker | Cases climb to 3,271 with over 400 reported in Oakland County

Coronavirus Tracker | Cases climb to 3,271 with over 400 reported in Oakland County

October 28, 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.

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

October 27, 2020 | Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat

There has been no effort from the federal government to systematically track school openings and COVID outbreaks. That means we are often relying on data from those who volunteer it, and lack good information about how schools that have reopened might differ from those that have not.

Michigan hospitals turn to $15 minimum wage to fill job openings

Michigan hospitals turn to $15 minimum wage to fill job openings

October 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Robin Erb

Two of the state’s largest health care systems bumped minimum wages to $15 an hour amid competition for entry-level workers. Nursing home employees in 14 southeast Michigan nursing homes also are on their way to pay increases.

Michigan retailers worry COVID spike will keep customers away. Again.

Michigan retailers worry COVID spike will keep customers away. Again.

October 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

It’s been a hard year for stores and restaurants. Now they head into winter amid worry that a second wave of COVID-19 will hinder sales during the critical holiday season.

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

October 26, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 99 Michigan school buildings, and more than 4,400 cases on college campuses. Still, there were signs the spread was slowing or receding in the past week.

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

October 25, 2020 | Russ Kavalhuna

Honoring essential workers with free tuition is good public policy.

As Mackinac Island empties for winter, COVID arrives for a stay

As Mackinac Island empties for winter, COVID arrives for a stay

October 25, 2020 | Robin Erb

Tourists flooded onto the iconic Michigan landmark during the second half of the summer. Somehow, the island escaped large COVID-19 outbreaks. That has now changed.

Michigan hospitals paid bonuses amid COVID, then took bailouts, cut jobs

Michigan hospitals paid bonuses amid COVID, then took bailouts, cut jobs

October 23, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Health System, two of the state’s largest nonprofit systems, awarded executive bonuses in March, as the pandemic descended on the state. They then laid off thousands and accepted more than $700 million in U.S. taxpayer funds.

Michigan Christian school shut over COVID, files ‘religious liberty’ suit

Michigan Christian school shut over COVID, files ‘religious liberty’ suit

October 23, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville says health rules infringe on its religious liberties and free speech. Health officials say two teachers tested positive for COVID-19 and the school won’t cooperate with contact tracers.

West Michigan schools to community: Mask up for COVID or we close down

West Michigan schools to community: Mask up for COVID or we close down

October 22, 2020 | Ron French

In an unusually blunt letter expressing the limits of their ability to control COVID-19 spread, 46 school superintendents pleaded with their communities to mask-up to help keep schools open.

Despite rise in COVID, Michigan State to offer more classes, dorm housing

Despite rise in COVID, Michigan State to offer more classes, dorm housing

October 22, 2020 | Ron French

Saying coronavirus cases are the result of off-campus partying rather than classroom interaction, MSU is moving aggressively to increase in-person classes and on-campus housing beginning in January.

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

October 21, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

COVID cases are on the rise again, and despite our best efforts, the current in-person models of opening and closing schools don’t seem sustainable long-term.

Another casualty of COVID: testing for lead poisoning in Michigan

Another casualty of COVID: testing for lead poisoning in Michigan

October 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

In old paint, water pipes and the ground, lead can leave a child with a lifetime of learning problems and mental health issues. But during the pandemic, the number of children being tested for poisoning has been cut in half.

Months after COVID, 1 in 4 Michiganders studied have yet to recover

Months after COVID, 1 in 4 Michiganders studied have yet to recover

October 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

In a study of people who suffered severe to minimal symptoms, there were significant levels of fatigue, shortness of breath and stress. Researchers at the University of Michigan will continue to examine the ongoing toll in the state.

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

October 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A new report finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Detroit District had the worst on-time delivery rate of any region in the nation in the last period available. That’s increased some fears about the delivery of absentee ballots.

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

October 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some of the state’s top CEOs sent a letter Wednesday urging Republican lawmakers and the state’s Democratic governor to present a united front on coronavirus safety measures as Michigan braces for a second wave of the virus.

Some Michigan Republicans propose local opt-out for COVID lockdown orders

Some Michigan Republicans propose local opt-out for COVID lockdown orders

October 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

House Republicans want to allow communities with low rates to opt out of mask mandates, business rules and the like. Few counties meet those thresholds now.

Why it still matters whether Michigan K-12 students contract COVID

Why it still matters whether Michigan K-12 students contract COVID

October 20, 2020 | Ron French

Very few young people infected by COVID-19 become seriously ill. But public health experts say the transmission of the virus among healthy students can endanger more vulnerable Michiganders.

As COVID spreads, University of Michigan’s 31,000 undergrads ordered to stay home

As COVID spreads, University of Michigan’s 31,000 undergrads ordered to stay home

October 20, 2020 | Ron French

In issuing the order, which runs until Election Day, local health and university officials are trying to rein in student social gatherings in an effort to flatten a spike in coronavirus cases. But, hey, football games will go on.

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s public universities and community colleges report thousands fewer college freshmen, echoing national trends. Studies show that many students who do not go directly to college never enroll.

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