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Coronavirus Tracker | Positive test rate continues to rise with increase in cases

Coronavirus Tracker | Positive test rate continues to rise with increase in cases

October 19, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s public universities and community colleges report thousands fewer college freshmen, echoing national trends. Studies show that many students who do not go directly to college never enroll.

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 84 Michigan schools in 31 counties, and college cases top 5,000, says a state report released Monday.

Coronavirus hits new high in Michigan. Is it a ‘blip’ or ‘surge’?

Coronavirus hits new high in Michigan. Is it a ‘blip’ or ‘surge’?

October 15, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Robin Erb

As cases surge to levels unseen in months, the virus is spreading fast in corners of Michigan that had been mostly spared. Experts blame ‘pandemic fatigue’ but the good news is deaths remain relatively low.

Q&A: Michigan’s $28B life sciences industry was under the radar. Until COVID

Q&A: Michigan’s $28B life sciences industry was under the radar. Until COVID

October 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner

From drug development to medical devices, the state’s bioscience businesses found themselves in the bull’s-eye when coronavirus overtook the United States, said Stephen Rapundalo of MichBio.

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a marathon session, the GOP-led Legislature also passed bills demanding subpoena power over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees and approved a non-binding measure opposing defunding the police.

Cheer the MSU Spartans! At home. Preferably alone. Welcome to COVID game day

Cheer the MSU Spartans! At home. Preferably alone. Welcome to COVID game day

October 14, 2020 | Ron French

College football is back. Game Day celebrations, not so much. Michigan State University’s president is discouraging fans from gathering to watch the opening game.

Michigan riding ‘second’ COVID wave that could bring more deaths

Michigan riding ‘second’ COVID wave that could bring more deaths

October 13, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Cases of the new coronavirus are increasing across all Michigan regions, with hospitalizations doubling since late September. Residents are urged to stick with restrictions as flu season begins despite “pandemic fatigue.”

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

October 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

By one estimate, more than 300,000 Michigan households may be vulnerable to eviction due to economic hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. In places like Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo County, high rental rates and a dearth of affordable housing fuel millage proposals intended to ease the strain.

Health experts to Shirkey: COVID herd immunity would kill 30K in Michigan

Health experts to Shirkey: COVID herd immunity would kill 30K in Michigan

October 12, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Five public health leaders have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey rebuking his comments about “herd immunity” and asking for a hearing focused on the science of the virus.

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A 6-1 Michigan Supreme Court decision is another blow to the governor, whose unilateral emergency powers were struck down earlier this month. 

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

October 12, 2020 | Ron French

Cases on college campuses continue to rise, but the good news is that K-12 schools continue to have few COVID-19 infections. Parents also can now get faster disclosure of coronavirus cases in their local schools.

‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

October 12, 2020 | Robin Erb

A Michigan infectious disease doctor says we’ve overdone coronavirus lockdown rules, an argument embraced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. The medical establishment calls such views dangerous.

50 men held an Upper Peninsula retreat traced to COVID. No one’s talking.

50 men held an Upper Peninsula retreat traced to COVID. No one’s talking.

October 9, 2020 | Robin Erb

Officials said the organizer hung up on a nurse trying to warn others of possible exposure. Another person accused health officials of ‘working for Satan.’ Meanwhile, infections proliferate in the eastern U.P.

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

October 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economic relief programs that helped the state’s businesses and jobless now are on hold as the United States pauses new stimulus talks and the state confronts upheaval that impacts state unemployment benefits.

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Federal authorities arrest six men on allegations they tried to kidnap and put Whitmer on trial. They called her a ‘tyrant,’ echoing language of opponents of her COVID-19 restrictions.

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Here is a copy of the federal affidavit accusing six men of conspiracy to kidnap the Michigan governor and put her on trial.

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

October 8, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Social media accounts of men accused of attempting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer show they shared a love of guns and hatred of the government. ‘If they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

October 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Members of a group that oversees the Capitol say they’re ‘as surprised as anyone’ about an alleged plot to overthrow the government. But their position on a gun ban hasn’t changed.

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanks law enforcement, calls her alleged kidnap plotters ‘sick and depraved’ and accuses President Trump of egging on extremists. The White House accuses Whitmer of 'sowing divisions.'

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