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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state Department of Health and Human Services will start issuing more COVID-19-related emergency orders. That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court said she’s stretched the limits of her emergency powers.
 

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Michigan's health chief says he has "broad" legal authority to curb the coronavirus. Robert Gordon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday issued additional orders reinstituting restrictions negated by a state Supreme Court ruling and requiring schools to notify the public of infections. He told local health departments to inform K-12 schools within 24 hours of learning of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. A school must post it on its website.

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A demonstration is planned at the State Capitol in Lansing Wednesday, as protestors will be demanding that student athletes not be required to wear masks while playing sports.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders require student athletes to be in masks at all times while playing some competitive sports, however a group that is calling on the governor to ease those restrictions.

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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.

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The number of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in Kent County are declining at the moment. Although that’s good news, the county health director admits a return to the classroom is going to be imperfect and difficult.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Previously, child care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places, though masks had been highly recommended at camps when small groups cross paths and cannot socially distance.

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Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting Saturday, the region’s Roman Catholic bishop said.

“Though the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in limiting the spread of COVID‐19 is still inconclusive, there is sufficient evidence to judge prudently that we should wear face masks to limit the spread of the disease,” Marquette Bishop John Doerfler said.

A mask may be uncomfortable, he said, “but it is a sacrifice that we can make out of love for each other.”

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The mask mandate, an executive order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, requires every Michigander to wear a mask in crowded outdoor areas and inside public spaces.

Whitmer said businesses are required to refuse entry and service to those who don’t wear masks and those who refuse could face up to a $500 fine or a misdemeanor charge.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an order that toughens rules requiring people to wear protective masks in public. This in response to an increase in COVID-9 infections.

In the executive order, Whitmer says “no shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service.” It applies to restaurants, retailers and any other indoor businesses open to the public.
                But Amy Drumm with the Michigan Retailers Association says the order is not fair to employees who will be the ones confronting customers.

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The number of Kent County COVID-19 cases is trending in a positive direction. However, the county health director is warning we need to be careful and smart about our social behaviors.

There’s an increase of COVID-19 cases in 19 states. In a handful of those states where stay-orders were lifted, Kent County Health Department Director Dr. Adam London says are now reconsidering the decision.

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