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Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

October 1, 2020 | H. Luke Shaefer

Expanded unemployment assistance, an eviction moratorium and diverse collaborations played a major role in shoring up the financial stability for millions of Michiganders.

Opinion | How Michigan moved the needle on race disparities in COVID

Opinion | How Michigan moved the needle on race disparities in COVID

October 1, 2020 | Debra Furr-Holden

The results have been astounding. Once disproportionately represented in COVID cases and deaths, African Americans are now underrepresented.

Whitmer order sets up COVID-positive nursing units in Michigan

Whitmer order sets up COVID-positive nursing units in Michigan

October 1, 2020 | Robin Erb

The latest executive order also loosens community dining restrictions in facilities and expands reporting requirements of coronavirus cases to include legal guardians and prospective residents or staff.

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

September 30, 2020 | Nushrat Rahman

As the new school year ramps up and the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents are having to make tough financial decisions. Nonprofits and social service agencies say they see families struggling to purchase materials for school, access child care and put food on the table.

Michigan schools still struggle with public disclosure of COVID cases

Michigan schools still struggle with public disclosure of COVID cases

September 30, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb, Kathryn Dugal

How much you’ll learn about coronavirus cases in your student’s school depends on where you live. A Bridge Michigan analysis shows parents still can’t depend on schools or local health departments to voluntarily alert them to outbreaks.

Small business confidence inches up in Michigan. Will sales follow?

Small business confidence inches up in Michigan. Will sales follow?

September 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Twenty percent of small businesses “are projecting pretty catastrophic impacts” said Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Health officials: Party on (safely) during rare Blue Moon Halloween

Health officials: Party on (safely) during rare Blue Moon Halloween

September 30, 2020 | Robin Erb

 From homemade candy chutes to slipping treats across a clean table, health officials urge creativity in keeping trick-or-treat safe. A national map Wednesday indicated five Michigan counties are at the lowest risk to trick-or-treaters while residents in six Upper Peninsula counties should consider partying it up at home with candy stations and a pinata.

A rural Michigan district has 15 COVID cases, one death, and few answers

A rural Michigan district has 15 COVID cases, one death, and few answers

September 29, 2020 | Ron French

Health officials say the school followed safety protocols, and the cases that suddenly proliferated in Carson City show how a coronavirus outbreak can happen anywhere. The district has ended in-person classes.

Michigan lawmaker, a critic of masks and Gov. Whitmer, contracts COVID-19

Michigan lawmaker, a critic of masks and Gov. Whitmer, contracts COVID-19

September 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican state Rep. Beau LaFave, a critic of orders to restrict businesses because of COVID-19, is self-quarantining after contracting the virus. He said the illness hasn't changed his mind about Gov. Whitmer's orders.

In ‘dire need,’ 1 in 5 Michigan restaurants may not survive winter

In ‘dire need,’ 1 in 5 Michigan restaurants may not survive winter

September 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Advocates say more policy help is needed to get the state’s leisure and hospitality employees back to work – and keep hotels and restaurants open.

Michigan business found a niche in COVID. Its second act may prove harder.

Michigan business found a niche in COVID. Its second act may prove harder.

September 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Sales for TentCraft in Traverse City reached into the millions as it shifted from tents for concerts and trade shows to building temporary medical units. The company now must gauge how to plan for the future.

1 in 3 U.S. parents will skip kids’ flu shots, but Michigan has early gains

1 in 3 U.S. parents will skip kids’ flu shots, but Michigan has early gains

September 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

Despite pleas from health experts to guard against flu before a COVID resurgence, some parents aren’t comfortable taking children to the doctor. But so far in Michigan, there’s a 30 percent rise in flu shots.

Nessel investigates Unlock Michigan petition drive

Nessel investigates Unlock Michigan petition drive

September 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

One longtime elections attorney said the attorney general's probe could result in misdemeanor criminal charges against circulators, petition firms or others involved in the effort.

Michigan Tech, Houghton County move to online learning amid COVID

Michigan Tech, Houghton County move to online learning amid COVID

September 28, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

COVID-19 cases have quintupled in Houghton County in the western Upper Peninsula this month. The halt to in-person learning is scheduled to extend to Oct. 12.

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

September 28, 2020 | Ron French

The number of K-12 schools with coronavirus outbreaks jumped from 28 to 46 schools in just a week. And there are now over 3,800 confirmed cases at colleges and universities across Michigan, numbers that are likely an undercount.

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

September 25, 2020 | Ron French

College students better keep recharging their laptops. Classes are likely to remain online rather than in-person for the full 2020-21 academic year at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State.

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Many businesses set to reopen on Oct. 9 — like event venues and bowling alleys — have been closed in much of the state since mid-March.

Whitmer orders Michigan schools to tell the public about COVID cases

Whitmer orders Michigan schools to tell the public about COVID cases

September 25, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

Pressure mounted for more than a month on the administration to require more immediate public notifications of coronavirus outbreaks at Michigan schools as students returned for the fall term.

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

September 24, 2020 | Mark S. Rosentraub

Big Ten college football is set to begin Oct. 24. A professor of sport management at the University of Michigan addresses some benefits and potential drawbacks of playing football too soon.

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

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