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Michigan State, U-M change reporting to disclose more campus COVID cases

Michigan State, U-M change reporting to disclose more campus COVID cases

September 24, 2020 | Robin Erb

The number of coronavirus cases on the Michigan State University website since Aug. 24 jumped to 1,219 Thursday, two days after Ingham County health officer Linda Vail noted the website was significantly undercounting MSU-related cases. U-M boosts its reporting too.  

Michigan earnings shot up 54 percent in spring. Thank the stimulus funds.

Michigan earnings shot up 54 percent in spring. Thank the stimulus funds.

September 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

'This is going to be the only recession in history where income goes up,' said University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula getting hit hard by surge of coronavirus cases

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula getting hit hard by surge of coronavirus cases

September 24, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

After months of relatively few cases, the Upper Peninsula has seen coronavirus case counts soar, with most in the western part of the region along the border with Wisconsin.

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once-weekly reporting of coronavirus outbreaks in schools is the most local public health workers can handle, state health officials argued Wednesday.

Child care centers provided young students a safe place to learn online. Michigan said no.

Child care centers provided young students a safe place to learn online. Michigan said no.

September 23, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

The coronavirus child care crunch is falling hardest on low-income families of color, many of whom work in-person jobs in sanitation, grocery, and health care that the state has defined as “essential.” When these families have young students learning online, many parents find that they have no safe place to send their children during the work day.

Signature fight expected over Michigan petition drive to limit Whitmer powers

Signature fight expected over Michigan petition drive to limit Whitmer powers

September 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Unlock Michigan group seeking to repeal Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers has collected enough signatures to advance its initiative to the Republican-led Legislature for likely enactment. But they may not be counted until next year, setting up a fight.

Whitmer, GOP leaders ditch transparency on budget for secret COVID deal

Whitmer, GOP leaders ditch transparency on budget for secret COVID deal

September 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers could vote as soon as Wednesday on a roughly $60 billion budget bill that few have seen. It’s the latest development involving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on a pledge of transparency but has been slow to release information during the pandemic.

MSU called out on COVID cases, and warned football game may be at risk

MSU called out on COVID cases, and warned football game may be at risk

September 22, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

Ingham County health officer Linda Vail said Michigan State has more than double the number of coronavirus cases listed on the school’s website. She said if case counts don’t drop, she would advise MSU to call off its opening game against Rutgers.

Surviving COVID, but with life changed, and the future less certain

Surviving COVID, but with life changed, and the future less certain

September 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

After being hospitalized with the coronavirus, many “long-hauler” patients return home with a host of serious symptoms, from brain fog to tremors and unrelenting fatigue. Longer-term complications such as dementia or organ problems are still being studied.

Michigan health officials seek to increase flu vaccines by 1M amid pandemic

Michigan health officials seek to increase flu vaccines by 1M amid pandemic

September 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

Health officials worry about a ‘twindemic’ of the flu and COVID-19, and some are getting creative about distributing vaccines as many workplaces remain closed.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

September 21, 2020 | Keith Smith

No doubt, the coronavirus is dangerous, but so is social isolation, writes a superintendent, whose district had the first student in northern Michigan test positive for COVID-19.

COVID triples in Michigan K-12 schools, rises 60% at colleges in a week

COVID triples in Michigan K-12 schools, rises 60% at colleges in a week

September 21, 2020 | Ron French

There is a surge in cases in K-12 schools and on college campuses, but, so far, there’s no sign of increased hospitalizations.

Michigan infant, whose death was tied to COVID, had serious health troubles

Michigan infant, whose death was tied to COVID, had serious health troubles

September 18, 2020 | Robin Erb

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, had said the boy died “because of COVID-19.” But a medical examiner’s report lists a birth defect as the cause of death, with respiratory problems caused by COVID as a complicating factor. 

How do Michigan universities compare on COVID outbreaks? Hard to tell

How do Michigan universities compare on COVID outbreaks? Hard to tell

September 18, 2020 | Sammy Sussman

The University of Michigan counts COVID tests it administers on its website, but leaves out testing performed by county health officials. Disparate testing plans from school to school make it difficult to compare coronavirus spread across campuses.

Q&A: Michigan builders want state’s help to build affordable homes

Q&A: Michigan builders want state’s help to build affordable homes

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

New construction remains suppressed across the state, and low- to middle-income residents are bearing the brunt of the lack of affordable new homes. Bob Filka, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Michigan, hopes to lead policy changes to make more building possible at mid-range prices.

Coronavirus kept us home, igniting real estate frenzy in northern Michigan

Coronavirus kept us home, igniting real estate frenzy in northern Michigan

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Prices are climbing and competition is fierce as traditionally slow areas of Michigan become real-estate hotspots. No longer geographically tied to their workplaces and enjoying low interest rates, buyers are sparking a ‘feeding frenzy’ in northern Michigan.

Whitmer: Michigan could remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for months

Whitmer: Michigan could remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for months

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Amid frustrations from some business owners about emergency orders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s weighing case counts, vaccine development and other factors in determining how long the crisis will last.

In tense hearing, Whitmer official defends MI COVID nursing home strategy

In tense hearing, Whitmer official defends MI COVID nursing home strategy

September 16, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Republican legislators accused Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s  administration of failing to adequately prepare for the pandemic. “20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing,” countered state health director Robert Gordon.

Grand Valley State students ordered to stay home to tamp down COVID-19 upswing

Grand Valley State students ordered to stay home to tamp down COVID-19 upswing

September 16, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

COVID is spreading at Grand Valley through off-campus gatherings and students who become infected aren’t saying who they’ve been hanging out with, health officials said.

Michigan news coalition urges Whitmer to release more on COVID-19 outbreaks

Michigan news coalition urges Whitmer to release more on COVID-19 outbreaks

September 16, 2020 | Bridge Staff

A group of more than 30 news outlets and transparency groups wrote to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking her to require schools to report COVID-19 outbreaks faster. The information comes as cases soar among some colleges and schools.

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