Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
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Health providers across the state complain they have the means to inoculate many more people than they currently are…but there is not enough vaccine for them to do so. Now the federal government is allowing Michigan to use about 60-thousand extra doses from a vaccine stockpile designated for long-term care facilities. Officials say they will re-supply the long-term care stockpile at a later date.

Wayne County officials already say they will cancel appointments for about 14-hundred people this week because the state’s vaccine supply is depleted. 



Relief is coming to Michigan businesses after a board last week approved $58.5 million in grants for economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that has strained the state’s economy.


Muskegon County Health officials are encouraging persons 65-years and older to make an appointment to get vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the wait could be a while. Health departments in West Michigan have expressed frustration at the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, however the Muskegon County Health Department still wants older persons to virtually “raise their hands” if they want to get the first of two shots. 

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will announce Wednesday that Michigan restaurants can reopen for indoor dining on Feb. 1, two-and-a-half months after an order to close amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

The governor’s office confirmed the pending announcement following a statement issued on social media by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association. The current order prohibiting indoor dine-in service is due to expire Friday but will be extended.



Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office has announced that more COVID-19 vaccine is on its way. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says they’ll grant the release of the millions of doses requested by Whitmer and eight other governors.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says it’s too soon to know when some of that vaccine might arrive.

Consumers Energy

The Consumers Energy Foundation has announced more than $480,000 in grants to help Michigan nonprofits provide critical help to communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since March, the Jackson-based foundation that is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy has provided $5.4 million in direct response to the pandemic.

Grants support those working on the front lines to directly meet basic needs such as food and shelter.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan received $200,000 in funding to address food insecurity, including mobile food distributions across the state.

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An Upper Peninsula cafe was found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners, the latest turn in an effort to get the owner to comply with coronavirus restrictions.

“When it comes to court orders, in my opinion, civil disobedience is not an option. It just absolutely is not,” Judge Wanda Stokes said.

Stokes held a hearing Friday involving Cafe Rosetta, which serves soup, sandwiches and more in Calumet, a town of roughly 750 in Houghton County.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
Jake May/The Flint Journal / Associated Press


Beginning Monday, local health departments in West Michigan will begin the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccinations are coming in phases, and in the first round a few weeks ago, doses of the vaccine were administered to frontline health care workers and assisted living staff. As more doses are now becoming available, that means another round of vaccines, and opening up the parameters of who can receive it.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
Jake May/The Flint Journal / Associated Press

Michigan will begin vaccinating seniors and front-line workers such as teachers and police against the coronavirus next week. State officials on Wednesday announced a plan to accelerate access for people who are at least 65 years old. The state had planned to next immunize those 75 and older and essential workers including first responders, prison guards and child care providers. But residents age 65 to 74 will be included, too. Seniors can book appointments by contacting county health departments and other local vaccine clinics.

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Nearly 2,300 additional cases of the COVID-19 virus and 189 more deaths have been reported by health officials in Michigan. The numbers posted Tuesday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website brings the total number of confirmed virus cases in the state to 504,410 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Total deaths due to the virus have reached 12,867. Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 117 were identified during a review of vital records. More than 350,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus.