masks

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

BY: - August 21, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]

Nazi salute, insults hurled at chaotic Birmingham schools meeting over mask mandate

BY: - August 20, 2021

Police are investigating a man who flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” during a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting over a mask mandate for students. Unruly anti-maskers booed and hurled insults at board members and speakers, including a high school student, who spoke in favor of face coverings during the meeting Wednesday […]

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 […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks

BY: and - August 19, 2021

Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]

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 […]

Biden admin. pressures DeSantis over school mask policies

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has written Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying that if his administration withholds state funding from school districts that enact mask mandates, those schools can use federal coronavirus relief dollars to make up for the penalties. In a letter to DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote […]

National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors

BY: - August 17, 2021

The National Park Service on Monday reinstated a mask mandate for all visitors, workers and volunteers at NPS buildings and crowded outdoor areas, regardless of vaccination status. In May, the agency said it would require only unvaccinated people to wear masks. Recently, as the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a spike in […]

Republican pops resolution against school mask mandates, board passes pro-mask measure instead

BY: - August 10, 2021

The Michigan Board of Education voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution supporting local school districts’ decisions on whether to put in place mask mandates in K-12 schools this upcoming school year during a more than eight-hour meeting. The resolution, introduced by Republican Tom McMillin, a former state House member, initially encouraged schools not to impose […]

COMMENTARY

Jeff T. Wattrick: Let’s treat anti-maskers like anti-vaxxers

BY: - August 3, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidelines last week in response to surging Delta variant cases. These guidelines may be frustrating, but reasonable people recognize they are a prudent response to a real public health threat.  I, on the other hand, am not one of those reasonable people. I am “masking […]

Michigan’s largest universities announce COVID-19 vaccine requirements

BY: - July 30, 2021

The University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced Friday that they both will require all students, staff, faculty to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the fall 2021 semester. The new requirements come as the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 has spread amongst the unvaccinated and even to some who have been immunized. […]

Agency: With slowed rates, Michigan won’t be 70% vaccinated until late fall

BY: - July 30, 2021

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) has calculated that, given the state’s current trajectory, it will take until mid-November for Michigan to reach the desired 70% vaccinated threshold to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The agency has been tweeting out adjusted estimates every few days. COVID-19 vaccine rates have been slowing in Michigan and […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against […]