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 […]


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 […]


Column: States and schools should reinstate mask mandates

BY: - July 21, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory. In the past 14 days, the United States has seen tremendous growth in COVID-19 cases again. This has included a 36% increase in hospitalizations and a 26% increase in deaths. With the more transmissible delta variant, infection rates are likely to keep rising quickly. As […]

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 […]


Susan J. Demas: After more than a year of doing the right thing in the pandemic, it’s OK if you’re angry

BY: - May 31, 2021

The last 15 months have wrought a bone-tiredness that’s hard to fully describe or even comprehend. The pressure you feel as a parent of trying to keep the people you love safe, dealing with the worrying sickness and death of friends, changing nearly every aspect of how we work and live has been like a […]

To mask or not to mask: How some Capital City businesses are navigating relaxed CDC guidelines

BY: - May 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard, particularly smaller operations. On top of the hardships of decreased revenue and more, businesses also have had to deal with a rollercoaster of government-imposed restrictions that have tightened and loosened as COVID-19 cases and our understanding of how to combat it continue to change. The most sudden change […]

House GOP leader condemns Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according […]

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 — […]

Bills you may have missed, from licenses for undocumented individuals to requiring the governor report travel

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan’s governor would be required to report when they travel out of state to legislative leaders and undocumented individuals would be able to receive a driver license under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in mid May on topics ranging […]