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Coronavirus surges among Michigan teens as school nears. Blame partying

Coronavirus surges among Michigan teens as school nears. Blame partying

August 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

With school openings approaching, infections are increasing among those 19 and younger in Michigan, which experts attribute to the hubris of youth and lack of social distancing.

Michigan families fight to see seniors amid COVID-19, even in hospice care

Michigan families fight to see seniors amid COVID-19, even in hospice care

August 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Despite new guidelines intended to give nursing homes and other facilities more discretion to allow visitors during a pandemic, families say some centers remain rigid, hurting the residents they are trying to protect.

What do you want? she asked her hubby in MI nursing home. ‘You,’ he said.

What do you want? she asked her hubby in MI nursing home. ‘You,’ he said.

August 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Isolation is sapping the life of residents in nursing homes and other facilities amid no-visitation policies during COVID-19. As restrictions grind on, Bridge tells the stories of six residents, who are fading a bit day by lonely day. 

Big Ten may cancel Michigan football. In Ann Arbor, businesses brace for worst

Big Ten may cancel Michigan football. In Ann Arbor, businesses brace for worst

August 10, 2020 | Paula Gardner

University of Michigan football makes some $122 million per year and supports a host of businesses throughout Ann Arbor. They’ve already endured the coronavirus. Can they survive the loss of the 2020 season?

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

August 7, 2020 | Ron French

School closures in other states have Michigan education leaders preparing for what they say are inevitable closures and quarantines this fall.

Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan COVID-19 state of emergency through Sept. 4

Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan COVID-19 state of emergency through Sept. 4

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The extended state of emergency allows the governor to continue issuing executive orders such as the mask-wearing requirement and stay-at-home order.

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power

Poll: Slim majority opposes drive to limit Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s power

August 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fifty-two percent of Michigan voters oppose a petition drive that would repeal a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to continue an emergency declaration during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide poll. But that may not stop the GOP-led Legislature from enacting the initiative anyway.

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

Michigan’s new coronavirus order: masks for little kids at camp, child care

August 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Following an outbreak at a camp, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued another executive order requiring masks for those older than 2. Child care officials say most already were taking similar precautions.

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

August 6, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan schools are creating reopening plans for the fall during the coronavirus pandemic with little guidance from the state about what is required, and how they’ll be funded.

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

August 5, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Downtown, Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods — filled with residents who have homes, parents or friends in the suburbs — have the lowest Census responses in Detroit.

Poll: 3 in 10 in Michigan reluctant to take a free COVID-19 vaccine

Poll: 3 in 10 in Michigan reluctant to take a free COVID-19 vaccine

August 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

The rush to develop a vaccine quickly is the very reason many COVID vaccine skeptics say they don’t trust it. If not enough people take an approved vaccine, it would be difficult to achieve herd immunity to protect residents from the virus.

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

August 4, 2020 | Bill Daniels

A veteran public school teacher loves his job and his students, but has strong reservations about returning to in-person learning without safety assurances.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders state police to enforce COVID executive orders

Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders state police to enforce COVID executive orders

August 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

As coronavirus cases rise in Michigan — and enforcement of social distancing rules is spotty statewide — the governor orders state police to enforce her executive orders like any other law and requires state agencies to consider pulling licenses of violators.

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Despite planned safety protocols in schools, half of residents surveyed aren’t sold on the notion of returning children to classroom settings in the midst of a global pandemic. Thirty-six percent said schools would be safe, a drop since earlier polling.

Whitmer governs by ‘fiat,’ GOP argues in suit over Michigan pandemic powers

Whitmer governs by ‘fiat,’ GOP argues in suit over Michigan pandemic powers

August 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a high-stakes case challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-led Legislature sued the governor and is expected to take the fight to the Michigan Supreme Court if necessary.

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Will 18-year-olds eager for a college experience opt to stay home to be safe? Michigan State University is about to find out.

COVID-19 hinders Michigan’s efforts to track mosquito-borne illnesses

COVID-19 hinders Michigan’s efforts to track mosquito-borne illnesses

August 3, 2020 | Kelly House

Testing delays and lab shutdowns tied to the novel coronavirus have stymied public health officials’ efforts to track and contain mosquito-borne illnesses after a deadly outbreak of diseases in 2019.

Masks, sanitizer and absentee ballots: What to know about Michigan’s primary

Masks, sanitizer and absentee ballots: What to know about Michigan’s primary

August 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Absentee voters are likely to make a big difference in an election marked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Masks aren’t required but are encouraged, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer at polling places. Here’s what else to expect.

With ‘school policy in chaos,’ coronavirus delays debate in Michigan Senate

With ‘school policy in chaos,’ coronavirus delays debate in Michigan Senate

August 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A Michigan senator’s positive test for COVID-19 has shut down debate this week for school reopening measures. Republicans want to require all districts to offer in-person classes.

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

August 3, 2020 | Ron French

MSU said in May it would reopen its campus in the fall. But rising coronavirus cases have led university officials to encourage students to take their classes online from their homes.

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