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COVID-19 vaccine race heats up with clinical trials at 3 Michigan sites

COVID-19 vaccine race heats up with clinical trials at 3 Michigan sites

September 2, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan Medicine, Henry Ford and a medical research center based in Farmington Hills are involved in Phase 3 clinical trials to find a safe and effective vaccine for a virus that has killed over 183,000 people in the United States.

Quesadillas, Netflix and silence in Central Michigan’s ‘COVID dorm’

Quesadillas, Netflix and silence in Central Michigan’s ‘COVID dorm’

September 2, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

The hallways are deadly quiet. They can hear sounds from other rooms but don’t know who lives there, and can’t visit. Life in CMU’s COVID Dorm is an eerie, monotonous journey for two, now-separated roommates.

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s making a decision “very soon” on whether to reopen the businesses shuttered since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many say they’re close to closing permanently.

Michigan lawmakers may tweak unemployment law to help employers amid pandemic

Michigan lawmakers may tweak unemployment law to help employers amid pandemic

September 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Michigan’s reserves to pay jobless claims are dwindling amid record unemployment claims. Starting Jan. 1, employers would have to pay more into the system, but some lawmakers want to avoid that prospect.

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

MI news coalition urges Gov. Whitmer to identify school COVID-19 outbreaks

September 1, 2020 | Bridge Staff

A statewide group of news and government transparency groups is pushing the Whitmer administration to timely name schools and colleges in Michigan with coronavirus outbreaks as families decide whether to send children to classrooms.

From CMU to tiny Adrian, COVID-19 keeps marching through Michigan colleges

From CMU to tiny Adrian, COVID-19 keeps marching through Michigan colleges

September 1, 2020 | Ron French

With coronavirus cases spiking on some campuses, colleges are adjusting to ‘the inevitable.’

MI task force endorses new model for nursing homes afflicted by COVID-19

MI task force endorses new model for nursing homes afflicted by COVID-19

September 1, 2020 | Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press

A group appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came back with 28 recommendations that sought to give residents more access to visitors and each other while maintaining safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Michigan to identify K-12 schools with coronavirus outbreaks Sept. 14

Michigan to identify K-12 schools with coronavirus outbreaks Sept. 14

September 1, 2020 | Robin Erb

The state’s announcement follows weeks of pressure as many parents must decide whether to send their children to school or have them learn from home. State officials did not include colleges in its decision.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer must do more on reopening Michigan small businesses

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer must do more on reopening Michigan small businesses

August 31, 2020 | Matt Hall

Small businesses are entering a critical, make-or-break stretch for their livelihoods, says this representative who serves on the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. We owe it to them to find ways for them to resume their lives safely.

8 new COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools, colleges. State won’t name them

8 new COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools, colleges. State won’t name them

August 31, 2020 | Ron French

There are now 14 new or ongoing coronavirus outbreaks in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges. Where are they? How many cases? The state still won’t provide that information.

Two weeks into classes, Central Michigan University has 178 COVID-19 cases

Two weeks into classes, Central Michigan University has 178 COVID-19 cases

August 31, 2020 | Ron French

The outbreak at the mid-Michigan public university started with off-campus parties. Now, there are cases in dorms, too.

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 28, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Bridge Staff

A few dozen districts are offering parents a choice between in-person learning and online learning. Many are starting the school year remotely and planning to transition to face-to-face instruction when conditions allow.

Michigan nears 100K coronavirus cases. Maps, graphics show pandemic’s path.

Michigan nears 100K coronavirus cases. Maps, graphics show pandemic’s path.

August 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

After the crush of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths that spurred a statewide stay-at-home order, Michigan has seen case counts fall as testing has ramped up and shown positive results.

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

August 28, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit district and the union had been at odds over safe working conditions for teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal comes about a week after union members voted to allow leadership to launch a safety strike if certain demands weren’t met.

Most Michigan students have option: Return to class or learn at home

Most Michigan students have option: Return to class or learn at home

August 28, 2020 | Ron French

About 8 in 10 Michigan K-12 school children can go back to school buildings this fall if they want; the majority also have the option of continuing to learn from home during the pandemic.

Michigan COVID-19 hospital patients got unneeded antibiotics during surge

Michigan COVID-19 hospital patients got unneeded antibiotics during surge

August 27, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

As the coronavirus surged through Michigan last spring, doctors often gave new patients unnecessary antibiotics as they awaited test results, resulting in resistance to antibiotics later in their hospital stays when they developed infections. 

Teachers: Michigan must improve transparency on COVID outbreaks at schools

Teachers: Michigan must improve transparency on COVID outbreaks at schools

August 27, 2020 | Robin Erb

State law gives schools wide discretion on whether to inform the public if there’s an outbreak. That must change, says a union representing 120,000 teachers and support staff.

Pandemic takes toll on Michigan children with autism and their families

Pandemic takes toll on Michigan children with autism and their families

August 26, 2020 | Anna Clark

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, affirming that all people have the right to participate in civil society. During the pandemic, however, families who have children with autism face the complexity of everything from mask-wearing, and virtual therapy, to getting the vital services they need and feeling overwhelmed.

Opinion | How grocery delivery can alleviate food insecurity in Michigan

Opinion | How grocery delivery can alleviate food insecurity in Michigan

August 26, 2020 | Ione Locher, Marika Waselewski, Tammy Chang

Now more than ever is the time for bold action to combat food insecurity. These authors suggest a way to increase access to healthy food while protecting people from COVID-19 exposure.

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

COVID-19 recession could trigger a surprise tax cut in Michigan

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A little-known tax cut trigger tucked into a 2015 Michigan law was designed to slow runaway government growth. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to reverse it before the 2022 election, warning it could slow the state’s recovery.

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