Library of Michigan: Whitmer’s school closures for coronavirus are historic, unprecedented

BY: - March 16, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order last week calling for all Michigan private and public schools to close beginning Monday through April 5 is perhaps the biggest development during the current COVID-19 pandemic in the state. “This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families and our overall public health,” Whitmer said on Thursday. […]

Michigan now has 53 coronavirus cases

BY: - March 16, 2020

Within a few hours after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials gave an update on coronavirus in Michigan, the Michigan State Police announced Sunday night that the number of positive cases has grown to 53. At a 6 p.m. press conference, the governor announced that Michigan had 45 cases and one of them was a […]

Coronavirus cases climb to 45, casinos closing

BY: - March 15, 2020

In a press conference with other state officials Sunday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the total cases of COVID-19 has risen to 45 — and notably, one of the newest cases is a young person. The updated number is 12 more cases than Saturday. The first two positive cases in Michigan were detected less […]

Updated: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 25, SOS stops walk-in appts. 

BY: , and - March 13, 2020

Updated, 9:06 p.m., 3/13/20 with nine new cases There are new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, reported in Michigan as of Friday evening. That has brought the total of presumptive positive cases up to 25, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).* Coronavirus information can be […]


Column: Here’s what lawmakers must do to help people amid the coronavirus pandemic

BY: - March 13, 2020

Now that it has officially landed in Michigan, COVID-19 is a potential threat to all residents.  Unfortunately, both the risks of the disease itself and its economic repercussions will adversely affect Michigan residents with lower incomes — the very people my colleagues and I at the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) are charged […]

After 12th coronavirus case, Whitmer shuts down all Michigan K-12 schools

BY: - March 13, 2020

Starting Monday, no K-12 schools will be open in Michigan because of the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Thursday night. As there are now 12 presumptive cases in Michigan, the governor called for the closure of all K-12 school buildings — public, private and boarding — to students from Monday until April […]


Column: Coronavirus measures aren’t pointless – slowing down the pandemic could save millions of lives

BY: - March 12, 2020

Anywhere from 20% to 60% of the adults around the world may be infected with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. That’s the estimate from leading epidemiological experts on communicable disease dynamics. Even the best-case scenario using those numbers means almost 40 million adults will be infected in the United […]