University of Michigan

It comes down to trust: Study shows progress on vaccine hesitancy in Detroit 

BY: - September 7, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its 18th month, Detroit still lags behind the state average for COVID-19 vaccinations. The city’s vaccination rate is 43.1% for those aged 12 and older, significantly lower than the state percentage of 60.6%. It’s also far lower than 70.7% for Oakland County, which borders the Motor City.  But a University […]

Why wasn’t the pandemic worse? Federal funds and public programs, experts say.

BY: - August 31, 2021

When Effie Alofoje-Carr saw the stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan Act hit her bank account this year, she cried.  “It was huge; it has saved our lives,” Alofoje-Carr, who lives in East Lansing with her husband and eight-year-old son, said of the stimulus checks that the federal government sent to residents across the […]

Mich. has 5,020 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, 12 schools report outbreaks

BY: - August 30, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 946,698 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,257 have died from the virus — an additional 5,020 cases and 27 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Friday, Saturday and Sundays recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

As college students return to campus, some fear being sent back online amid rising COVID-19 cases

BY: - August 10, 2021

As colleges begin to welcome students back to campus this fall, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant has triggered several Michigan universities to establish COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  And many students are concerned the pandemic will continue to bring big changes in the upcoming school year. “[A] fear that […]

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. […]

Michigan college campuses will be welcoming students back soon. But most haven’t been vaccinated.

BY: - July 23, 2021

As college campuses across Michigan are less than a month away from opening up to students for the fall semester, the state reports only 39.8% of residents 20 to 29 years old have been inoculated with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Those aged 16 to 19 have a slightly higher rate of […]

Why are some health care workers refusing the COVID vaccine?

BY: - May 20, 2021

Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dr. Michelle Moniz said she and her colleagues learned of health care workers around the country reporting they would not get a vaccine to protect them from the disease that has killed thousands of their colleagues. “When COVID started happening, I was very curious about what we were […]

Experts: Homeless students slipping through the cracks during the pandemic

BY: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Witnesses before a U.S. House panel on Wednesday advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are homeless and in foster care during the pandemic. “While housing is critical, housing alone does not close the educational gap faced by students who have experienced homelessness,” Jennifer Erb-Downward, […]

More clinics open for COVID-19 long-haulers

BY: - May 11, 2021

The University of Michigan health system is joining a growing number of major medical institutions opening clinics specifically aimed at treating and studying patients with lingering, serious symptoms from a brush with COVID-19. That could be as many as 10% of people who caught the coronavirus, one of the nation’s chief doctors recently testified. Mount […]

Michigan ‘witches’ take to the Capitol to protest sexism in politics

BY: - April 15, 2021

A few dozen people, garbed in cloaks and witches hats while carrying brooms, gathered in front of the state Capitol steps Wednesday evening to “fight the patriarchy.” The “Michigan Witches Against the Patriarchy” protest, hosted by Fems for Dems and Metro-Detroit Political Action Network, was a tongue-in-cheek response to the sexist comments Michigan Republican Party […]

U of M regents vote to censure Weiser, strip his committees

BY: - April 2, 2021

During a University of Michigan Board of Regents special meeting Friday to vote on a resolution censuring Ron Weiser, the U of M regent and Michigan Republican Party chair said he won’t be resigning from his university position. “As a university regent, I take full responsibility for what I said. And I’m sorry to regret […]

State GOP chair calls Whitmer, Nessel, Benson ‘witches’ to be ‘burn[ed] at the stake,’ jokes about Meijer, Upton being assassinated

BY: - March 26, 2021

Updated, 6:08 a.m., 3/27/21 with Weiser’s comments Michigan GOP Chair and University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser told attendees of a local Republican club on Thursday that the state’s top three female Democratic leaders are “witches” that Republicans need to defeat in 2022 by “burning at the stake,” and made a casual reference to assassinating […]