Joneigh Khaldun

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 […]

‘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 faces down GOP governors on school mask bans

BY: and - August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — With eight states so far prohibiting schools from levying mask requirements, President Joe Biden is pledging that his administration will use all of its oversight and legal authority to stick up for local officials trying to keep their schools safe. What remains to be seen is how far the federal government can or will […]

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 […]

State says Michigan is ready for COVID-19 booster shots rolling out next month

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna, and can be […]

Whitmer to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday as case numbers trend downward

BY: - June 17, 2021

All COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masks will come to an end early next week, 10 days ahead of schedule, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. Beginning Tuesday, both indoor and outdoor settings may increase capacity back to 100% and residents will no longer be required to wear a face mask. Whitmer said the early […]

Whitmer announces return-to-work safety guidelines, new order expanding capacity limits 

BY: - May 24, 2021

As some employers return to in-person work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) COVID-19 emergency rules.  Last week, Whitmer and GOP leaders said they had struck a deal agreeing to budget talks that included a withdrawal of permanent MIOSHA rules — […]

Whitmer: Legislature needs to OK $370M for childcare as more residents to restart in-person work

BY: - May 12, 2021

With COVID cases in Michigan receding and vaccinations increasing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the GOP-led Legislature to work with her to pass $370 million to help in providing childcare for workers heading back to in-person work.  Whitmer announced earlier this week the state reached the milestone of 55% of residents 16 and up […]

55% of Michiganders have had their 1st COVID shot

BY: - May 11, 2021

Fifty-five percent of Michiganders have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday. That also means that Michigan has hit the first milestone of Whitmer’s “MI Vacc to Normal” plan, enabling in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Whitmer announced last month that health restrictions […]

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 […]

Whitmer expands COVID-19 therapeutic recovery options to ease rising hospitalization numbers

BY: and - April 14, 2021

While the pandemic continues to worsen here in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday urged Michiganders who contract COVID-19 and have pre-existing conditions to consider an antibody treatment.   The monoclonal antibody treatments from Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which are administered through IV infusion, were granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

Whitmer calls for voluntary 2-week pause for schools, sports, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge

BY: - April 9, 2021

Michigan has reached the milestone of 5 million vaccinations administered, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed concern Friday that the state is now experiencing its largest surge of COVID-19 cases yet and has become a “national hotspot” — fueled in part by the newer, more contagious B-1.1.7. variant of the disease. However, Whitmer did not announce […]