Coronavirus / Covid-19

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Kent County is experiencing a dramatic increase in COCID-19 cases, as the pace has accelerated over the past few weeks. This week in Kent County, there have been more than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported daily. Thursday, 200 cases reported. Wednesday, 185. Tuesday, 116. Monday, 235.

“We don't know if we're at the peak? We don't know how much higher it’s going to get? But it’s certainly very concerning to us as you project what might happen going forward,” Dr. Adam London, Director of the Kent County Health Department said.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga from Zeeland said he tested positive for the coronavirus before he was scheduled to appear Wednesday at a Michigan campaign rally with Vice President Mike Pence.

Huizenga said on Twitter that he took a rapid test and was isolating himself while awaiting results from a second test.

Pence spoke for about an hour outdoors at Lacks Enterprises in Cascade Township. Peter Meijer, a Republican running for Congress, greeted and introduced Pence.

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Michigan’s chief health officer warned Tuesday that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week, the health department said.

About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%. It was under 3% in June.

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Snow days may no longer be needed for school districts across Michigan as many students are learning online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Many people wonder if virtual instruction will take the place of snow days since schools are already offering classes online, reported.

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A week after Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacks the authority to act unilaterally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the state health department has issued its own emergency order keeping much of the restrictions she imposed in place. The order Friday from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon comes under the state's Public Health Code. Michigan Supreme Court justices in a 4-3 vote last week declared the 1945 law repeatedly used by Whitmer, a Democrat, to respond to the coronavirus pandemic unconstitutional.

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Detroit will continue to adhere to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency orders aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus, even after the state Supreme Court ruled she has no authority to impose restrictions. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Friday that a 1978 health code gives local health officers the right to act in an epidemic. In Detroit, capacity at restaurants must remain at a maximum 50% and at 15% in the city's three casinos. People must wear masks in public.



Michigan’s health chief said Tuesday he has “broad” legal authority to curb the coronavirus, as he issued additional orders reinstituting restrictions negated by a state Supreme Court ruling and requiring schools to notify the public of infections.