Coronavirus / Covid-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will issue a declaration to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency.

She will do that before the current state of emergency expires later this week.

Republicans in the Legislature and business groups are using litigation and a petition drive to try and curtail the governor’s emergency powers.

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.

Nursing home COVID-19 testing photo
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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.

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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.

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

Sep 20, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer photo
Associated Press

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.