Garlin Gilchrist

$1M COVID vaccine lottery winner announced

BY: - July 21, 2021

LaTonda Anderson of Grand Blanc has won $1 million in Michigan’s sweepstakes to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “In my opinion, it’s the ultimate act of unselfishness,” she said. New winners of the “MI Shot to Win” contest were announced at a virtual press conference Wednesday morning that included Lt. Gov. Garlin […]

‘We’ve got to do better’: Detroit struggles to improve COVID-19 vaccination numbers

BY: - July 14, 2021

More than six months after the city of Detroit began offering COVID-19 vaccinations, the percentage of Detroit residents aged 12 and up who have received at least one vaccination dose stands at a staggering 38.1%, significantly lower than the state rate of 62%. Mayor Mike Duggan told the Advance on Friday that he is “disappointed” […]

HIV at 40: Racial disparities continue to drive the epidemic in Michigan

BY: - June 4, 2021

“Why are you talking to them?” Hank Millbourne remembers friends saying to him during the 1980s gay scene in Detroit about other gay men. “They have the package.” Millbourne had only a passing idea of what the “package” was, but he was quickly taught the alleged telltale signs of it: darkened fingernails from using AZT, […]

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 […]

Want fewer state health orders? Get vaccinated, Whitmer says.

BY: - April 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday doubled down on her strategy to ease Michigan out of its outgoing COVID-19 outbreak by focusing on mass vaccinations rather than issuing more health and business restrictions. When Whitmer held a COVID-19 update on April 9, the state was experiencing its worst surge yet. Whitmer had called for a two-week […]

Gilchrist wants GOP lawmakers to show ‘leadership’ on fighting COVID-19, getting vaccinated

BY: - March 29, 2021

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said last week it is “absolutely ridiculous” that GOP lawmakers have fought a nationally recognized tool designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities at higher risk for the deadly virus. “The Social Vulnerability Index takes into account a number of factors, like about 20 factors,” said Gilchrist at a […]

Gov. asks Michiganders to turn on lights Wednesday for COVID memorial

BY: - March 9, 2021

Updated, 10:42 a.m., 3/9/21 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist are asking all Michiganders to turn on the lights outside of their homes from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in remembrance of the Michiganders who died of COVID-19. Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the first two cases of COVID being found in […]

Senator says she knows taking 12 weeks of maternity leave could hurt her politically

BY: - February 19, 2021

First-term state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) took to Twitter Friday to talk about her first few weeks of parenthood, stresses on families during the pandemic and her decision to take a full 12 weeks of maternity leave. Happy Friday and happy 3 weeks with this little burrito. It's been exhausting, eye-opening, wonderful, and the […]

Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say 

BY: - February 17, 2021

A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the 33,000 people incarcerated in state prisons.  “Prioritizing who in Michigan gets the COVID-19 vaccine and when they get it must be guided by public health policies,” said […]

Whitmer calls GOP Senate spurning key appointments ‘disruptive and dangerous’

BY: and - February 11, 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-led Legislature, which could portend another fight, as she released on Thursday her $67.1 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget.  They’ve repeatedly clashed over the COVID-19 pandemic since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Michigan a little less than a year ago. State […]

Officials push to erase racial disparities in COVID vaccination rates

BY: - February 11, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) had a message for constituents hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine.  “I was scared to death to get this shot,” she said Wednesday night during a Facebook Live event to address coronavirus vaccine concerns in the Black community. “Then I began to realize I was being stupid. It is safe. […]

Shirkey doubles down on insurrection ‘hoax’ comments amid calls to resign

BY: - February 10, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) remains in hot water Wednesday following a video showing the state’s top Republican lawmaker making sexist comments about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, joking about inviting her to a fistfight and claiming that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was perpetrated by enemies of former President Donald Trump. Despite […]