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Opinion | Why getting a flu shot amid COVID-19 can avoid a 'twindemic' in Michigan

Opinion | Why getting a flu shot amid COVID-19 can avoid a 'twindemic' in Michigan

September 15, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

"We saw what happened when the region was short on tests, hospital beds, supplies, and ventilators as  COVID-19 peaked — we lost lives."

State identifies Michigan K-12 schools and colleges with COVID outbreaks

State identifies Michigan K-12 schools and colleges with COVID outbreaks

September 14, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

The public can now see what K-12 schools and colleges in the state have coronavirus outbreaks, thanks to new state reporting championed by Bridge Michigan and other media outlets. There are now more than 1,300 college cases.

How a few coronavirus cases ended classes at a rural Michigan school

How a few coronavirus cases ended classes at a rural Michigan school

September 14, 2020 | Ron French

For every student that tested positive, there were dozens of friends or classmates found to be in close contact with them, sidelining them from the classroom as well.

Coronavirus outbreaks force mandatory quarantine at 23 MSU frats, sororities

Coronavirus outbreaks force mandatory quarantine at 23 MSU frats, sororities

September 14, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Saying an upswing in COVID cases is “quickly becoming a crisis,” Ingham County health officer orders lockdown on 30 frats, sororities and other big homes. The mandatory order comes after the health department recommended voluntary quarantines for some 38K students.

Michigan may get through COVID-induced bottle backlog sooner than expected

Michigan may get through COVID-induced bottle backlog sooner than expected

September 13, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan’s soft drink and recycling industries say they are ahead of projections for absorbing all those bottles and cans back into the system. Long lines, closures and bottle limits at groceries may ease this fall. 

Officials urge 38,000 MSU students to quarantine 14 days after COVID spike

Officials urge 38,000 MSU students to quarantine 14 days after COVID spike

September 12, 2020 | Ron French

Ingham County says 342 people linked to MSU tested positive for COVID. County health officials say off-campus parties contribute to the rise and warn that its recommendation will become an order if case increases continue. 

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

September 11, 2020 | Mark Greathead

It’s not too late for lawmakers to fix the budget to give students the best possible outcome during a school year otherwise full of uncertainties, a group of Michigan superintendents suggests.

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner, Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set aside $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to allow people required to work through the height of the coronavirus crisis to receive a free associate’s degree at a local community college.

Outdoor visits now ‘expected’ at Michigan nursing homes, state says

Outdoor visits now ‘expected’ at Michigan nursing homes, state says

September 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Michigan health officials announced that nursing homes may find ways to allow loved ones to meet with residents under certain conditions. The state also may soon approve a provision that allows family members to volunteer in homes.

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

Michigan Supreme Court questions Whitmer’s ‘profound’ power during pandemic

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Justices grilled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attorney for more than an hour and a half Wednesday, questioning the limits of her authority to take emergency actions without legislative approval during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan businesses struggled during COVID. Customers are coming to rescue.

Michigan businesses struggled during COVID. Customers are coming to rescue.

September 8, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Spending is up, even amid a pandemic. And many consumers are keeping money closer to home, saving a coffee shop near Saline and increasing traffic in downtowns.

Whitmer’s ‘real-time’ school coronavirus outbreak data could be a week old

Whitmer’s ‘real-time’ school coronavirus outbreak data could be a week old

September 8, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Michigan will begin listing schools with outbreaks Monday, but disclosure is bogged down by testing delays and reporting lag times. Some fear the information will be so dated, it could be of little use to parents.

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

September 8, 2020 | Stella Govitz

An 11th-grader in Beaverton in central Michigan returns to school. Mask compliance is shaky. Emotions are raw. And students and teachers are doing their best to cope with a bizarre new reality.

Michigan colleges pass 1,000 COVID cases. Apparently, students like to party.

Michigan colleges pass 1,000 COVID cases. Apparently, students like to party.

September 8, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Strict health protocols on campuses aren’t stopping the spread of coronavirus. With cases rising fast, some experts fear more a wave of deaths, but others say aggressive testing and quarantining could prevent the worst from happening.

Michigan coronavirus caseloads haven’t budged in months. Why that’s not bad.

Michigan coronavirus caseloads haven’t budged in months. Why that’s not bad.

September 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

For two months, Michigan coronavirus cases have plateaued at about 650 per day after declining for weeks. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited the caseloads in extending her state of emergency Thursday, but epidemiologists say they should induce calm, not panic, since they reflect higher testing and more asymptomatic patients.

Opinion | As Michigan businesses struggle, vulnerable families suffer, too

Opinion | As Michigan businesses struggle, vulnerable families suffer, too

September 3, 2020 | Tommy Brann

Programs to assist needy families are both likely to suffer without a safe, complete reopening of Michigan's economy, one state representative writes.

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

September 3, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1. However, state officials warn they’ll only last up to five weeks.

Opinion | Campus outbreaks of COVID-19 were almost guaranteed

Opinion | Campus outbreaks of COVID-19 were almost guaranteed

September 3, 2020 | Ryan Malosh, Nina Masters

With tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases on college campuses, a scientist asks: Why did colleges open in the first place?

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

September 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

One day after saying she wasn’t quite ready, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopens one of the last remaining parts of Michigan’s economy, allowing fitness centers and ice rinks to reopen under some restrictions.

Betsy DeVos: Michigan can expect standardized tests, despite COVID-19

Betsy DeVos: Michigan can expect standardized tests, despite COVID-19

September 3, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan school leaders asked for a waiver from federal requirements for such tests because of the pandemic. DeVos said no, arguing that the pandemic makes it even more critical to measure and compare school performance.

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