Michigan reports 29,267 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

BY: and - May 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,501,863 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,218 have died from the virus — an additional 29,267 cases and 78 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Monday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

BY: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

‘COVID hasn’t gone anywhere’: After brief respite, cases and hospitalizations climb

BY: - May 9, 2022

After months of near silence, Nicole Kessler once again hears the ambulance sirens blaring outside her Beverly Hills bedroom window as they rush to the hospital. “I live close to Beaumont, and I can hear the ambulances — so every time [COVID-19] cases increase, I can hear the frequency of ambulances going to the hospital […]

CDC concludes a mask mandate is still needed for travelers, clearing way for court battle

BY: - April 21, 2022

The Biden administration will fight a court decision for the authority to mandate masks on airplanes, trains and other public transit, following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation Wednesday night that a mandate was still needed. The CDC said in a statement that the mandate keeps transportation safer for immunocompromised people and the greater public. […]

Federal judge in Florida throws out national mask mandate for travelers

BY: - April 19, 2022

A federal judge in Florida voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers Monday, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s authority. The legal analysis of U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, whom then-President Donald Trump appointed in late 2020, turned on the language in a federal law […]

Republicans in Congress file suit to end mask mandate for air travel

BY: - March 16, 2022

Seventeen Republican members of Congress have sued the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seeking an end to the federal rule requiring passengers on commercial flights and in airports to wear masks. The mandate illegally restricts the lawmakers’ freedom and is not backed by legal authority, they said in the suit filed Monday. They asked the […]

LARA: Nurse didn’t violate public health code with anti-mask and anti-vax comments

BY: - March 7, 2022

A state agency has determined that a Livingston County nurse did not violate public health codes by her public statements against masks and COVID-19 vaccines. Holly Austin of Howell is a nurse educator with Schoolcraft College who was investigated by the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) after statements she made during government […]

‘I need to heal’: Michigan health officer resigns in wake of mask mandate anger

BY: - March 3, 2022

When Lisa Peacock resigns as the health officer at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at the end of April, she plans to get as far away emotionally as she can from these past two years.  She plans to heal. Heal from the trauma of the pandemic. From being scared for her life. From receiving […]

Michigan health officials drop K-12 schools masking recommendation

BY: and - February 17, 2022

State health officials announced Wednesday that they are no longer recommending masking in K-12 schools and other indoor public spaces because people have access to vaccines and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing — although they remain far higher than they were at this point last year when the shots were just being rolled out. […]

‘We seem to let our guard down too quickly, and the virus comes roaring back’

BY: - February 16, 2022

After going through “far and away the biggest outbreak we’ve seen,” Michigan’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have begun to drop following a months-long surge. That’s because vaccination rates continue to increase and the omicron variant has infected such a large swath of the population that it now has far fewer people to find as hosts, […]

With all Michigan counties dropping mask mandates, schools have decisions to make

BY: - February 15, 2022

Every county in the state is set to drop mask mandates for schools in Michigan and school districts are rolling back their own masking policies in response.  Wayne County was the last of Michigan’s 83 counties to hold on to its mask mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic, but announced Friday it will be lifted by […]

10M free KN95 masks are now available to Michiganders, Whitmer announces

BY: - January 27, 2022

Ten million free KN95 masks are now available to Michiganders as they continue to face the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.  The KN95 masks are better suited than loosely woven cloth coverings — such as the ones largely available at the beginning of the pandemic — to protect people from […]