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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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The Kent County Health Department announced Monday its experiencing a decline in the number of residents seeking COVID-19 tests, and according to Christopher Bendekgey, the Community Clinical Services Division Director, 40%-50% fewer people are getting tested currently than at the height of infections in early to mid-July. 

So, what’s causing the slowdown? What factors are contributing to fewer tests at health department sites?

Bendekgey weighs in. 

“There’s more organizations coming online with their testing capacities and capabilities,” he explains.

Michigan GOP lawmakers challenge Gov. Whitmer's executive orders in court

Sep 20, 2020
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A showdown between Democrat and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican controlled state legislature is unfolding, as GOP lawmakers in Lansing are challenging Whitmer’s executive orders in court this week. While Whitmer says her leadership is the reason for the state’s dwindling number of COVID-19 cases, a grass roots campaign says she has overstepped her bounds.

Novel coronavirus

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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For a number of athletic programs across West Michigan, High School football returns this evening after the season had originally been shut down due to safety concerns. The high school football season, along with a number of other high school sports, had been either cancelled or postponed until the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That changed two weeks ago, when Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer eased restrictions on an executive order that allowed the high school football season to resume.

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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

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.”

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A county

A county on Monday ordered a two-week quarantine for 23 fraternities and sororities and seven large rental houses near Michigan State University following a coronavirus outbreak that a local health official said was turning into a “crisis.”

The quarantine, which is mandatory, means students or others living in the buildings cannot leave except for medical care or necessities that cannot be delivered. The houses have known cases or exposure to COVID-19.

Michigan on Monday launched a $5 million advertising campaign to urge people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus, with a focus on appealing to those who believe the state’s requirement infringes on their rights.