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Coronavirus tears through a beloved Michigan convent devoted to service

Coronavirus tears through a beloved Michigan convent devoted to service

May 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

The Felician Sisters, who founded Madonna University, schools, a hospice and hospital in Livonia, were hit by 22 cases of COVID-19. The order lost 11 sisters in 16 days, with at least five deaths tied to the virus.

As Michigan economy nears reopening, businesses scramble for protective gear

As Michigan economy nears reopening, businesses scramble for protective gear

May 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Like hospitals before them, businesses across the state face the prospect of having to compete for personal protection equipment they expect will be required to reopen but remains in high demand amid the global pandemic.

Opinion | Tuition-free college plan is smart investment in Michigan’s future

Opinion | Tuition-free college plan is smart investment in Michigan’s future

May 1, 2020 | Michelle Miller-Adams

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s G.I. Bill-style proposal for essential workers isn’t just a savvy political move. It moves the state forward.

Headache? Sore throat? Pay attention to these new coronavirus symptoms

Headache? Sore throat? Pay attention to these new coronavirus symptoms

May 1, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

The CDC added six additional symptoms, including headaches and sore throats, as possible signs of COVID-19 spread. Knowing these new symptoms will help you make better decisions on when to remain isolated. 

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

May 1, 2020 | Ron French

The Upper Peninsula public university is the first Michigan college to announce it is going forward with in-person classes in September. Most schools have put off making a decision for now. 

Lansing Community College goes mostly online for fall amid coronavirus

Lansing Community College goes mostly online for fall amid coronavirus

May 1, 2020 | Ron French

The 21,000-student Lansing Community College will move most of its classes online for the fall semester, due to continuing fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Is the school’s plan a precursor to similar announcements on other campuses?

Opinion | There's help for survivors of domestic violence during stay-home order

Opinion | There's help for survivors of domestic violence during stay-home order

May 1, 2020 | Barbara Niess-May

Many Michigan law enforcement agencies and programs like SafeHouse Center have not had spikes in calls related to domestic violence.  We believe fear, isolation and privacy play a part.

Beaumont hospital near Detroit to reopen as coronavirus surge never came

Beaumont hospital near Detroit to reopen as coronavirus surge never came

May 1, 2020 | Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

The hospital in the Downriver community of Wayne was shut down to general medical services as the system prepped for a flood of COVID-19 cases. While those cases flooded its other hospitals, the surge never extended to Wayne 

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say

May 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

There are no metal detectors, no weapon checks and no policy to prohibit loaded weapons at the Capitol. With armed men heckling lawmakers in bulletproof vests, some critics say it may be time to change gun rules. 

With weeks to plan, Grand Rapids learns from Detroit’s coronavirus surge

With weeks to plan, Grand Rapids learns from Detroit’s coronavirus surge

April 30, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

West Michigan hospitals say they are ready as a spike in COVID-19 cases hit the region. Hospital executives are implementing techniques picked up from Chicago and Detroit to improve the odds faced by desperately-ill patients.

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

Michigan roads still stink, and the coronavirus makes them harder to fix

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

New ratings show Michigan roads are still bad and its bridges are getting worse. The coronavirus pandemic  has already decreased gas tax revenue needed to fix them.

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

Whitmer extends Michigan emergency to May 28, as GOP threatens lawsuit

April 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's emergency to May 28 and orders bars, restaurant dining rooms and casinos to close through that date. The order came shortly after Republican lawmakers refused to extend the emergency and authorized a lawsuit challenging her powers.  

Oakland County to test 15K residents of senior facilities for coronavirus

Oakland County to test 15K residents of senior facilities for coronavirus

April 30, 2020 | Robin Erb

Following trends nationwide, nearly half of all deaths from COVID-19 are in nursing homes in Oakland County. Now, first responders are going into senior centers to test residents and staff in an effort to get ahead of the pandemic.

‘Scary times’ for Michigan restaurants won’t end when dining rooms reopen

‘Scary times’ for Michigan restaurants won’t end when dining rooms reopen

April 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Coronavirus is still battering the state’s restaurant industry, which lost $1.2 billion in sales in April and saw 75 percent of workers laid off. Switching to carry-out and opening for fewer patrons may not be enough for many to survive.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen construction industry May 7

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order is coming on Friday to allow construction crews to get back to work, as Gretchen Whitmer teases out parts of her plan to reopen Michigan’s shuttered economy. That’s not fast enough for some Senate Republicans.

Opinion | Stacking best practices to help Michiganders safely return to work

Opinion | Stacking best practices to help Michiganders safely return to work

April 29, 2020 | DuBois Bowman, Sharon Kardia

Research tells us that having several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower the risk of another spike is necessary to manage this outbreak while re-engaging our economy.

Hit hard by coronavirus, Detroit gets creative to boost census counts

Hit hard by coronavirus, Detroit gets creative to boost census counts

April 29, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Detroit had marshaled huge resources to boost census participation. Then came COVID-19. Now, as cases decline, the city is trying to play catchup because millions of dollars are at stake from an accurate count.

Michigan poll: Coronavirus break hurts kids, but don’t order more school

Michigan poll: Coronavirus break hurts kids, but don’t order more school

April 29, 2020 | Ron French

A poll of Michigan K-12 families finds mixed reviews of remote learning and concern about academics. But a plurality would still prefer a normal school year in fall, rather than a longer year or forced summer school. 

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

Michigan Gov. Whitmer to GOP: I’m not going to negotiate reopening economy

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected a GOP offer to extend her emergency powers in exchange for a promise to work with lawmakers. "Michigan remains in a state of emergency regardless of the actions you decide to take,” Whitmer says. But she faces growing pressure and lawsuits to loosen her orders.

Opinion | Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

Opinion | Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

April 28, 2020 | Diana Sieger

Many sectors — philanthropy, health care, business and government included — have in building an equitable recovery. The time is now to come together to combat inequities and ensure the best outcomes. 

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