vaccinations

State says sweepstakes increased COVID vaccine rate from 61% to 63%

BY: - August 23, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alongside leaders of the Protect Michigan Commission and Michigan Education Trust, on Monday announced the last round of winners in the Michigan Shot To Win sweepstakes, a raffle for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.  The raffle is awarding fully-vaccinated Michiganders over $5 million in cash and almost $500,000 in […]

Conspiracy-filled House hearing held on vaccine mandate ban

BY: - August 19, 2021

A GOP bill to preemptively prohibit mandatory employee vaccinations saw the light of day Thursday, in a House committee hearing saturated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaxxer rhetoric. House Bill 4471, introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), would create the “informed consent in the workplace act” to prevent employers from “discriminating” against individuals who […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks

BY: and - August 19, 2021

Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]

DHHS: This fall could ‘look a lot like last spring’ for COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations

BY: - August 18, 2021

Michigan is experiencing a COVID-19 surge comparable to spring 2020 based on current trends, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health. Although the number of vaccinated Michiganders is slowly growing, the increase in all COVID-19 metrics is growing much faster. “The Delta […]

State says Michigan is ready for COVID-19 booster shots rolling out next month

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna, and can be […]

Shirkey says he’ll crash Mackinac conference despite vaccine mandate, spouts COVID misinformation

BY: - August 18, 2021

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) says he plans to attend the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, even though this year’s conference requires COVID-19 vaccination — and Shirkey refuses to get vaccinated. The Republican made the comments Monday during an interview on “The Bart Hawley Show” on Jackson’s JTV. “They have this crazy restriction that […]

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Holly McCall: COVID comes home

BY: - August 18, 2021

My husband is a bull of a man. He’s rarely sick and I’ve never known anything to scare him. He joined the Chicago Carpenters Union at 18, swinging a hammer for years before working his way up to superintendent. When a nail went through his work boot into his foot, he pulled it out and […]

Stress, fatigue and fading hopes of ‘normalcy’ as Michigan surpasses 20K COVID deaths

BY: and - August 17, 2021

Just over 17 months ago in March 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the first case of COVID-19 had made its way into Michigan — kickstarting a period of uncertainty, change, hardships and a unified desire for “normalcy.” Now, the deadly virus has infected 922,687 Michiganders in total. The state hit the grim milestone of […]

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Column: Should the unvaccinated be denied health care?

BY: - August 16, 2021

The hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds were in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals at […]

CDC: 90% of Michigan counties have ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ COVID-19 spread

BY: - August 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 919,133 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,011 have died from the virus — an additional 3,127 cases and 29 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,564 […]

Pandemic won’t stop some politicians from attending big Detroit music festival

BY: - August 13, 2021

As a popular weekend music festival continues in Detroit, some vaccinated political leaders plan to attend even as the Delta variant is driving COVID-19 cases higher in the state.  Charivari Detroit will be held outdoors at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit  Thursday through Sunday. Since its inception in 2014, the four-day electronic dance music festival […]

DHHS: 98% of Michigan COVID-19 cases are from unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people 

BY: - August 13, 2021

The COVID-19 patients filling Michigan’s hospitals are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They hail from throughout the state, from the tip of the Upper Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana borders; they live in city apartments and old farm houses on land dotted by cornstalks. They are younger than many of the COVID-19 patients in […]