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MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

September 25, 2020 | Ron French

College students better keep recharging their laptops. Classes are likely to remain online rather than in-person for the full 2020-21 academic year at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State.

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

September 24, 2020 | Mark S. Rosentraub

Big Ten college football is set to begin Oct. 24. A professor of sport management at the University of Michigan addresses some benefits and potential drawbacks of playing football too soon.

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

Michigan State, U-M change reporting to disclose more campus COVID cases

Michigan State, U-M change reporting to disclose more campus COVID cases

September 24, 2020 | Robin Erb

The number of coronavirus cases on the Michigan State University website since Aug. 24 jumped to 1,219 Thursday, two days after Ingham County health officer Linda Vail noted the website was significantly undercounting MSU-related cases. U-M boosts its reporting too.  

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once-weekly reporting of coronavirus outbreaks in schools is the most local public health workers can handle, state health officials argued Wednesday.

MSU called out on COVID cases, and warned football game may be at risk

MSU called out on COVID cases, and warned football game may be at risk

September 22, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

Ingham County health officer Linda Vail said Michigan State has more than double the number of coronavirus cases listed on the school’s website. She said if case counts don’t drop, she would advise MSU to call off its opening game against Rutgers.

COVID triples in Michigan K-12 schools, rises 60% at colleges in a week

COVID triples in Michigan K-12 schools, rises 60% at colleges in a week

September 21, 2020 | Ron French

There is a surge in cases in K-12 schools and on college campuses, but, so far, there’s no sign of increased hospitalizations.

How do Michigan universities compare on COVID outbreaks? Hard to tell

How do Michigan universities compare on COVID outbreaks? Hard to tell

September 18, 2020 | Sammy Sussman

The University of Michigan counts COVID tests it administers on its website, but leaves out testing performed by county health officials. Disparate testing plans from school to school make it difficult to compare coronavirus spread across campuses.

Grand Valley State students ordered to stay home to tamp down COVID-19 upswing

Grand Valley State students ordered to stay home to tamp down COVID-19 upswing

September 16, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

COVID is spreading at Grand Valley through off-campus gatherings and students who become infected aren’t saying who they’ve been hanging out with, health officials said.

Bridge journalist wins fellowship to deepen work on career tech education

Bridge journalist wins fellowship to deepen work on career tech education

September 16, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Ron French is one of eight journalists nationally to receive the fellowship at Princeton University. He will continue working at Bridge while participating in the fellowship remotely due to COVID-19.

Michigan news coalition urges Whitmer to release more on COVID-19 outbreaks

Michigan news coalition urges Whitmer to release more on COVID-19 outbreaks

September 16, 2020 | Bridge Staff

A group of more than 30 news outlets and transparency groups wrote to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking her to require schools to report COVID-19 outbreaks faster. The information comes as cases soar among some colleges and schools.

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.

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.

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 | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

Opinion | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

September 8, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

We simply cannot afford to continue to have higher education serve as the balancing wheel of the state budget, to the detriment of Michigan’s public universities and its 280,000 students.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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