coronavirus

Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade photo
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The 94th Detroit Thanksgiving parade will march on, but any spectators probably will be in their pajamas. People will not be allowed to line the parade route in downtown Detroit because of the coronavirus. Instead they'll have to watch the parade on television. Another Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Trot, has been canceled. People are encouraged to run it on their own. The race usually attracts thousands of runners.

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Kent County

The Kent County Board of Commissioners is allocating $5 million dollars to businesses impacted by the pandemic closed by Executive Order since August 1st.

Most businesses where social distancing is difficult to maintain have been most adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, the Kent County Board of Commissioners is extending short-term economic relief grants to qualifying businesses depending on their size. Grants range from $10,000, $40,000.

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Eastern Michigan University will test campus wastewater for the COVID-19 virus and other signs of infectious diseases. The testing is part of the school's return-to-campus plan. It's intended to track the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater flowing from residence halls and apartment complexes. The monitoring process may provide early detection of asymptomatic cases of the virus, according to the school. EMU in Ypsilanti is working with Michigan-based Aquasight on the testing.

Novel coronavirus
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Ingham County health officials have identified 11 more large houses near Michigan State University's campus where there are known exposures to the COVID-19 virus. The health department has ordered residents in those houses to quarantine for the next two weeks. Mandatory quarantines now have been ordered for 25 fraternity and sorority houses and 14 large rental houses in East Lansing. On Saturday, the health department said at least a third of the 342 people affiliated with the university testing positive for the virus since Aug. 24 attended parties or social gatherings.

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President Donald Trump was quick to spike the ball in celebration when the Big Ten announced the return of fall football at colleges clustered in some of the Midwest battleground states critical to his reelection effort. But his efforts to reverse last month's decision to postpone fall sports in the conference because of the novel coronavirus were far from the only factor that led officials to change course. The Big Ten was under enormous pressure to restart the season from athletes, parents, coaches and college towns that rely on football Saturdays to provide much needed tax revenue.

Novel coronavirus
PBS

Since late August, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health has recorded more than 600 COVID-19 cases among Grand Valley State University’s student population living and studying in Allendale Township. It says the rising case rate has “exceeded maximum indicator thresholds for risk to the community.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer photo
Associated Press

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court.

But she may be unable to stop a Republican maneuver that would rescind a 75-year-old law that has enabled her to issue and lift COVID-19 restrictions unilaterally. A ballot drive said Friday it was in the “home stretch” after collecting more than 400,000 signatures in just two months. Its goal is 500,000.

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GRPS

The Grand Rapids Public School District is offering help to students who may be experiencing trauma during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

“We’re doing everything we possibly can to wrap our arms around our students and families.”

John Helmholdt is the Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs for Grand Rapids Public Schools.  He says they know the times can be stressful during the pandemic which is why they have extended an offering of help for those who may need it. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer photo
Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Wednesday clarified her order requiring masks in organized sports, saying they must be worn in training and competition only when athletes cannot consistently keep 6 feet apart.

The measure explicitly mentions football, soccer and volleyball as sports where face coverings are a must due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it also now exempts sports in which athletes can keep distance “except for occasional and fleeting moments” — such as tennis, golf, cross country, baseball and softball.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters at The Mitten Brewing Co. photo
Patrick Center / WGVU

U.S. Senator Gary Peters continued his Motorcycle Tour of the state of the state with a Thursday stop in Grand Rapids. He spoke about additional coronavirus pandemic federal aid and PFAS cleanup.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters stopped in at Grand Rapids’ The Mitten Brewing Company applauding small businesses for their creativity and remaining operational during the coronavirus pandemic. While the first round of federal aid including the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection programs supported businesses, Senator Peters says additional assistance is needed.

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