COVID-19

Poll: Nearly 2/3 of Mich. voters want more state funding for kids and families during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

State lawmakers should increase public funding for children and families to address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly two-thirds of Michiganders said in a recent statewide poll from the Skillman Foundation and Michigan’s Children. Across the state’s geographical regions and demographic groups, there was an overwhelming consensus among the 800 likely voters surveyed that […]

98 Michigan schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - September 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 995,910 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,700 have died from the virus — an additional 7,185 cases and 35 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’

BY: - September 20, 2021

Updated 6:06 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a […]

‘This feels like a family reunion’: Kalamazoo hosts 1st live LGBTQ Pride in 2 years

BY: - September 20, 2021

During a year and a half of social distancing during the pandemic, hugging has become rarer — especially with those you don’t know.  But this was a special occasion for Kris Schirripa, 51, and her husband, Nick Schirripa, 47, who sat in the middle of Bronson Park in Kalamazoo Saturday during one of the first […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

As state leaders step back, local health and school officials take the heat over COVID mandates 

BY: - September 18, 2021

Since the state has backed away from issuing statewide mask mandates and COVID-19 orders this summer, local health and school leaders have had to take the reins. But with more health decisions being made at the local level, the threats and pressure from some members of the public followed.  “There are a lot of people that […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for seniors and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Detroit-based coalition announces effort to increase vaccines in BIPOC communities

BY: - September 17, 2021

A new coalition targeting Michiganders who remain hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has launched, bringing together nonprofit community organizations to increase education about vaccines and residents’ access to them. The new Detroit-based group, MI Voices for Vaccines (or V4V) announced its creation on Friday. Vaccinations against COVID-19 in Michigan are still slowly increasing, but […]

Michigan reports 5,616 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 988,725 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,665 have died from the virus — an additional 5,616 cases and 68 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,808 […]

As Michigan’s COVID risk level rises, so does the number of kids with COVID

BY: - September 16, 2021

The proportion of children getting sick with COVID-19 is increasing, along with other concerning trends across the board, according to the latest data and modeling update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The DHHS reports that, as of Tuesday, more than 90% of Michigan’s counties are at high transmission level and […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Michigan was one of 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with 35.2%. Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and […]

Parents call for statewide mask mandate, blast pols who oppose it

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 6:01 p.m. 9/15/21 with a response from DHHS As COVID-19 cases rise among students and staff throughout Michigan, parents from across the state issued a message for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday: It’s time for a statewide mask mandate in schools. The Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools launched a […]