Department of Health and Human Services

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 […]

‘Kids know we are putting them at risk for political reasons’

BY: - August 22, 2021

When Marta Johnson talks about masks, what she’s really talking about is her daughter’s heart.  What she’s talking about is her child, Claire, who has congenital heart disease and is now about to enter first grade, undergoing open heart surgery when she was seven days old. About Claire getting pneumonia when she was one month […]

Biden taps former DHHS Director Gordon for federal health post

BY: - August 18, 2021

Former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a key federal health post. The White House on Wednesday evening announced his nomination for assistant secretary for financial resources at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After being elected in November, Biden […]

DHHS: This fall could ‘look a lot like last spring’ for COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations

BY: - August 18, 2021

Michigan is experiencing a COVID-19 surge comparable to spring 2020 based on current trends, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health. Although the number of vaccinated Michiganders is slowly growing, the increase in all COVID-19 metrics is growing much faster. “The Delta […]

CDC: 90% of Michigan counties have ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ COVID-19 spread

BY: - August 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 919,133 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,011 have died from the virus — an additional 3,127 cases and 29 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,564 […]

With schools opening soon, DHHS issues updated COVID-19 guidance

BY: - August 4, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued on Wednesday updated recommendations for schools designed to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect vulnerable individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated. The guidance has been updated, the department said, to reflect the most […]

16 COVID-19 cases connected with Muskegon Bike Time event

BY: - August 3, 2021

COVID-19 cases tied to Muskegon Bike Time, a four-day motorcycle event held in West Michigan on July 15 to 18, are under investigation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local public health departments. DHHS reports that at least 16 cases of COVID-19 have been identified among this year’s attendees and […]

Health officials carrying out COVID-19 probe after outbreak linked to Faster Horses Festival

BY: - July 26, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it is working with local public health departments on an investigation of cases of COVID-19 illness associated with the Faster Horses Festival, which was held July 16 to 19 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified […]

More than 1.25M Michiganders approved to receive emergency food assistance in July

BY: - July 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Thursday that Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional monthly payment in July. More than 1.25 million people in close to 700,000 Michigan households will benefit under approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food […]

State reports surge in Legionnaires’ disease

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local health departments are investigating a recent spike in Legionnaires’ disease cases across the state. The DHHS announced Monday that in the 13 days between July 1 and Wednesday, 107 cases of the respiratory infection were reported in 25 counties — representing a 569% increase […]

Manufacturer revises pharmacy reimbursements for free HIV drugs

BY: - July 15, 2021

A California pharmaceutical company that produces HIV prevention and treatment drugs says it is changing its reimbursement structure for pharmacies that dispense its medicine for free to uninsured people.  The Michigan Advance removed a July 12 story from publication because it incorrectly reported that Gilead Sciences of California, maker of the drugs Truvada and Descovy, […]