coronavirus

How QAnon is seeping into Michigan GOP politics

BY: - June 3, 2021

QAnon has found a home in Michigan. The right-wing conspiracy theory — which is rooted in anti-Semitic tropes and revolves around former President Donald Trump hunting down and eventually killing Democratic politicians and wealthy liberals who lead double lives as Satan-worshipping cannibals running a child sex trafficking ring — is increasingly spreading from the fringes […]

GOP-led House OKs bill preemptively banning vaccine passports, sponsor says it’s ‘not an absurd idea’

BY: - June 2, 2021

A bill to prohibit vaccine passports in Michigan — which are not being considered in any part of the state — cleared the state House on Wednesday and will now head to the Senate. The idea behind House Bill 4667, sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine) and exclusively co-sponsored by Republicans, is to preemptively […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free childcare during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

Michigan reports 420 new COVID-19 cases, 33 deaths

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 889,001 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,209 have died from the virus — an additional 420 cases and 33 deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also reports that an additional 104,421 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]

State to require implicit bias training for health care workers to improve equity

BY: - June 1, 2021

As of next June, all Michigan health care professionals who are either new licensees or renewing their health care license must undergo implicit bias training, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced Tuesday. The new LARA administrative rules are a product of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial […]

Michigan reports 862 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 888,581 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,176 have died from the virus — an additional 862 cases and 13 deaths since Saturday. The new numbers combine recorded cases and deaths from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. DHHS does not […]

Why the state lottery stayed successful during the pandemic

BY: - June 1, 2021

Casinos were closed in Michigan for months after the pandemic hit the state in March, but that didn’t stop Michiganders from playing their odds through the lottery. In fact, during the special August 2020 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC), Senate Fiscal Agency Chief Economist David Zin said that during the pandemic, the Michigan State Lottery […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: After a year of doing the right thing in the pandemic, it’s OK if you’re angry

BY: - May 31, 2021

The last 15 months have wrought a bone-tiredness that’s hard to fully describe or even comprehend. The pressure you feel as a parent of trying to keep the people you love safe, dealing with the worrying sickness and death of friends, changing nearly every aspect of how we work and live has been like a […]

Heading for a national park? The ‘biggest season in the history of the Park Service’ is predicted.

BY: - May 29, 2021

Leaders of a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday extolled national parks for providing a respite during the COVID-19 pandemic, but cautioned that enthusiasm for outdoors recreation will create its own problems in this summer’s tourism wave. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent and the chair of a subcommittee that oversees the U.S. National Park Service, […]

Students and schools are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s what’s in Whitmer’s recovery plan.

BY: - May 28, 2021

Many Michigan students are struggling with academic performance and social and emotional health, teachers are suffering from burnout and colleges are experiencing plunging enrollment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a plan in response. “The most pressing challenges schools face aren’t new, but they have been exacerbated by the […]

To mask or not to mask: How some Capital City businesses are navigating relaxed CDC guidelines

BY: - May 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard, particularly smaller operations. On top of the hardships of decreased revenue and more, businesses also have had to deal with a rollercoaster of government-imposed restrictions that have tightened and loosened as COVID-19 cases and our understanding of how to combat it continue to change. The most sudden change […]

Whitmer rolls out new K-12 budget proposal to close gap between low- and high-income districts

BY: - May 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday her priorities for K-12 education that uses federal funds and a state surplus to close the equity gap for Michigan’s schools.  “Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help each and every student recover academically, mentally and physically,” Whitmer said in a statement. “With the resources we have available […]