Health Care

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: and - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Michigan has 4,778 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 502 on ventilators

BY: - January 14, 2022

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a total of 1,746,707 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,479 have died from the virus — an additional 37,114 cases and 251 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Experts: Michigan has seen ‘astounding’ growth revenue last fiscal year

BY: - January 14, 2022

Michigan budget experts on Friday reported an “astounding” rate of growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which ended Sept. 30, with preliminary actual state revenue surpassing forecasts from even before the COVD-19 pandemic began. In total, the state collected $29 billion of revenue from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. In January 2020, before […]

How omicron is making another COVID school year even worse

BY: - January 14, 2022

Kathleen Lucas, a mother from Zeeland, was nervous about sending her daughters back to school after the holidays, especially since Ottawa County rescinded its school mask mandate earlier this month, even with COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant surging.  Lucas’ 7-year-old daughter, Emerson, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after being exposed […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]

11 lawmakers absent from first session day of 2022, Senate OKs anti-vaccine resolution

BY: - January 13, 2022

Three Republican and eight Democratic members of the Michigan Legislature were excused from session Wednesday, the first time both chambers have met since 2021. In the 38-member state Senate, Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) were excused from session. The House has 106 members and four vacancies. State Reps. […]

DHHS: More than 1 in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, 1 in 650 died

BY: - January 12, 2022

More than one in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, and approximately one in 650 Michiganders died from COVID-19, according to information Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday. DHHS reported Wednesday that a total of 1,709,593 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,228 have died from the virus — an […]

State education board passes measure countering GOP’s ‘critical race theory’ bills 

BY: - January 12, 2022

The Michigan State Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday to counter the anti-critical race theory (CRT) bills introduced in the Legislature last year, but it didn’t happen without lengthy debate among board members and hours of public comment.   Tuesday’s meeting stretched nearly 10 hours due to hundreds of public comments.  There was an organized […]

1/3 of Michigan inmates have been boosted against COVID-19

BY: - January 12, 2022

Michigan is one of just four states to publicly disclose how many of its 32,000 state inmates are receiving COVID-19 booster shots, a national report has found. About one-third of prisoners have gotten a booster dose so far. The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is also one of just 22 of the country’s state correctional […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Rising prices aren’t slowing Michigan’s economic recovery. But omicron might.

BY: - January 12, 2022

Michigan’s economy is in shambles, the Michigan Republican Party would like you to think. The GOP’s key data point? Detroit-based Little Caesars has raised the price of its $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza by a whopping 55 cents, the first such price increase in 25 years. Michigan GOP spokesman Gustavo Portela blamed the price hike on “[President] […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange between […]