Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan’s pediatric COVID cases are on the rise

BY: - October 15, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Michigan.  State health officials reported Wednesday that the case rate rose to 304.4 cases per million people. About 4.9% of emergency department visits were for COVID diagnoses over the past week, an increase over last week’s 4.1%. Case rates are highest among 10- to 19-year-olds; there are […]

State reports 83 new school COVID outbreaks in last week

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,064,557 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,349 have died from the virus — an additional 9,137 cases and 36 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Local health depts. ax school mask orders amid state budget confusion

BY: - September 30, 2021

A wave of local health departments across Michigan are rescinding their school mask mandates after Republicans inserted boilerplate language into the state budget that threatens to cut funding from health departments if they implement mask orders for children.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said while signing the Fiscal Year 2022 budget this week that the GOP language […]

Foster care grads needed lawmakers’ help during COVID. That didn’t come until the last minute.

BY: - September 24, 2021

Michael Davis-Thomas has big plans.  The 24-year-old from Bay City wants to run for office — at first, for the state House or Senate and, ultimately, for president. But before he can fully dedicate himself to a life in politics, Davis-Thomas has to figure out how he’s going to afford the $2,000 he needs to […]

Michigan surpasses ‘sobering’ milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases

BY: - September 22, 2021

On March 10, 2020, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. Eight days later, Michigan’s first death of the pandemic was reported. And now, a year and a half later, Michigan surpassed one million COVID cases. On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported there have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

If you’re unvaccinated, you’re 11 times more likely to die of COVID: CDC study

BY: - September 12, 2021

Those who didn’t get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were 11 times more likely to die of the virus than those who got their shots, according to a new study from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention People who weren’t fully immunized also were than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from […]

DHHS updates guidance for students with COVID-19 exposure

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated its recommendations for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 at school, depending on the student’s vaccination status, level of masking, social distancing and more. The new guidance — which is not a mandate — comes as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to […]

Here’s where COVID-19 vaccine clinics are across Michigan

BY: - September 7, 2021

If you still need to get your COVID-19 shot, scroll through our searchable database of upcoming clinics and testing sites below. The information is collected by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission. In order to reach community-wide immunity that can protect others who cannot get vaccinated, Michigan is […]

Unlock Michigan launches 2nd petition to limit state, local health powers 

BY: - August 24, 2021

A right-wing group’s second petition to quash health orders is underway, this time aimed at eliminating the ability of state and local health officials to implement mandates, as they’ve done during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Last month, the GOP-led Legislature voted to approve the Unlock Michigan petition to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor […]

Want to get your COVID shot? Here’s where to go in Michigan.

BY: - August 24, 2021

If you want to get your COVID-19 vaccination, you have a lot of options this week in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission have released a list of clinics available across the state. Michigan’s goal is to vaccinate at least 70% of residents 16 and older. More […]