State allows high schools, colleges, entertainment venues to reopen

BY: - December 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced that the state is revising its COVID-19 pandemic order to allow for in-person high school and college and university classes, a reopen of certain indoor entertainment venues and non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes. But bars and restaurants remain closed for dine-in service.  The gradual reopening comes after Michigan’s […]

Updated: CDC: Michigan to see 30% reduction in COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

BY: - December 17, 2020

Updated, 7:50 a.m., 12/18/20 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Michigan it will receive about 24,000 fewer doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine next week that was originally planned. Michigan was supposed to get 84,000 doses, but that has been reduced to 60,000, per a Department of Health and Human Services […]

COVID-19 cases remain ‘alarmingly’ high, but no sign of post-Thanksgiving surge

BY: - December 15, 2020

Although it will be a while before Michiganders can let their guards down, there is now “hope on the horizon” thanks to the start of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday. The first Pfizer vaccines in Michigan were administered Monday to frontline health care workers. Moderna vaccines could also be […]

1st Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 

BY: - December 15, 2020

Dr. Marc McClelland, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, called Monday a “day of hope.”  Some 249 days after the first two coronavirus cases were reported in Michigan on March 10, McClelland became one of the first health care workers in the state to receive a COVID-19 […]

How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

BY: - December 14, 2020

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The vaccine from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech began shipping from Kalamazoo across the country over the weekend. A second vaccine from Moderna is slightly behind in the approval process, but could receive emergency approval […]

Whitmer praises FDA authorization of 1st COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine authorized for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech is expected to begin shipping […]

56 hospitals, 16 local health depts. tapped to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 11, 2020

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed in Michigan as early as next week, and frontline health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents are slated to be among the first to receive the vaccine, state health officials announced Friday afternoon. “I am very excited about the vaccine distribution,” Dr. […]

States just one step away from COVID-19 vaccine rollout after federal panel OK

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Thursday gave the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, completing the next-to-last regulatory step before states begin a massive national vaccination effort. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still must give its approval on the Pfizer vaccine’s emergency use, but the agency […]

Michigan’s first vaccine shipment could arrive as early as next week

BY: - December 10, 2020

In the wake of the GOP-led state Legislature losing valuable days from its dwindling Lame Duck session to a COVID-19 outbreak in the state House, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday encouraged lawmakers to stay safe while keeping a COVID-19 relief bill as their top priority. Whitmer has asked for $400 million for vaccine distribution and […]

Govs. talk plans for COVID-19 vaccine rollout during White House summit

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Practice runs for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to Louisiana hospitals. A plan to have every Florida nursing home resident vaccinated by the end of the year. And in Tennessee, building off of a statewide system already in place to boost vaccination rates. Governors from Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida and Texas on Tuesday shared how their […]

National Guard to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines, timeline for general public still unclear

BY: - December 4, 2020

The Michigan National Guard will continue helping with COVID-19 response, including distributing the vaccine across the state once it’s available until March 31, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. Whitmer sent a letter to President Trump in November asking to continue using the National Guard to help with the pandemic in Michigan, which was scheduled to […]

‘There is an end to this pandemic’ 

BY: - December 2, 2020

With the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine potentially arriving for Michigan’s frontline workers in a matter of weeks and the general public possibly accessing the vaccine by spring, public health experts across the state are beginning to see a light at the end of this long tunnel. The days of a virus that has […]