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More than 3K are hospitalized for COVID-19, leaders issue dire warning

BY: - November 12, 2020

As cases have soared in recent weeks, there are now 3,072 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan and hospital executives are sounding the alarm. Michigan has 229,285 COVID-19 cases and 7,766 have died from the virus — an additional 6,008 cases and 46 deaths since Tuesday. This is part of a nationwide trend, as the […]

Whitmer warns against Thanksgiving gatherings as state approaches 230K COVID-19 cases

BY: and - November 11, 2020

As Michigan is closing in on 230,000 COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned residents against having big Thanksgiving celebrations. “As we get ready for the holidays, every one of us is going to have to have a plan and think long and hard about how to keep our family’s safe,” she said at a Tuesday […]

Biden wants national mask mandate: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: and - November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

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Susan J. Demas: GOP leaders haven’t tackled COVID-19 or racism at the Capitol, but they’re holding a sham election hearing Saturday

BY: - November 7, 2020

On Friday, the state announced that Michigan had topped 200,000 coronavirus cases, after we saw a record-shattering 5,710 new cases on Thursday. More than 7,500 people have died. After the GOP-controlled Legislature successfully sued to overturn the law giving Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer power to issue orders to stop the spread of the virus, she’s […]

Khaldun: At current rate, Mich. could see 100 COVID-19 deaths daily by Christmas

BY: - November 5, 2020

After praising Michiganders’ historic voter turnout and congratulating the winners of Tuesday’s election, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer turned to the worsening threat of uncontrolled virus spread in the state during a virtual press conference Thursday. “With the election behind us, now is the time for us to find common ground and come together. … We have […]

MEA calls on GOP Legislature to support mask-wearing

BY: - October 30, 2020

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) is now among those urging the GOP-led state Legislature to embrace stronger commitment to measures that contain the COVID-19 virus. That includes a commitment to mask-wearing, as cases and deaths continue to spike in Michigan. “Michigan lawmakers need to step up and do what’s necessary to keep our children healthy […]

Michigan survey: 91% say masks, other measures are important to help hospitals fight COVID-19

BY: - October 27, 2020

As COVID-19 cases spike across the state and nation, 91% of Michigan voters agree that state residents taking responsibility to wear masks, wash their hands and socially distance would help hospitals fight the virus, according to a new statewide survey. Eighty percent strongly agreed with this. “Michigan voters clearly understand that wearing masks, physically distancing […]

A ‘trauma tsunami’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Michiganders’ mental health

BY: - October 27, 2020

When a patient is dying from COVID-19, nurse Molly Nixon will hold their hand. She will tell them they are loved. And, often, she will be the last person they see as they take their final breaths. “I’m there with them as their last human contact; I’m the last person they see on this earth […]

Hospital, corporate leaders warn action needed to stave off another COVID-19 wave 

BY: - October 24, 2020

Michigan survived one of the worst COVID-19 crises in the nation this winter and spring. Now as cases and deaths are rising again and a Supreme Court decision has created confusion over the state’s response, hospital and corporate executives are sounding the alarm about what another wave could do to Michigan. Chief medical officers and […]

Michigan reports 1,826 new COVID-19 cases Friday

BY: - October 23, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 154,688 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,147 have died from the virus — an additional 1,826 cases and 18 deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 17,434 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]

Whitmer: Biden ‘was mad’ when he called after murder plot arrests

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been in the national news for almost a decade, first as a state Senate leader fighting Right to Work and then as a rising star as Michigan governor, who made Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list. On Oct. 8, news outlets around the world covered her for a […]

House GOP rolls out COVID-19 plan, open to mask mandate opt-out

BY: - October 20, 2020

House Republicans, in an attempt to replace what they are calling “an environment of geographic captivity” under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s now-defunct executive orders, have introduced their own plan to manage Michigan’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak. That would involve letting individual counties make their own public health decisions, including whether or not to enforce a mask mandate. […]