Coronavirus / Covid-19

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Michigan Office of the Governor / Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration reported progress Tuesday in the fight against the coronavirus, saying new cases continue to decline and Michigan has seen no spike related to Thanksgiving travel.

Officials warned, though, that the case rate remains high.

Whitmer, a Democrat, said “hope is on the horizon” now that a vaccine is being distributed. She again urged the Republican-led Legislature to approve $100 million in relief for businesses and workers before adjourning in coming days. Talks continue.

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Morry Gash / Associated Press

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health received its first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine early Monday morning and began vaccinating staff at 12:04pm. 

Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, frontline hospital workers across the country are receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

At Spectrum Health the first groups getting the shots are the Emergency Room, Intensive Care and COVID-19 Units.

“So far, I feel fine. Not even a sore arm. It’s been about three-and-a-half hours.”


With the COVID-19 vaccine on its way, Ottawa County Health leaders say the first doses could be administered as early as Wednesday. What many health officials are calling a ‘historic day’ the now FDA approved Pfizer vaccine is on its way to cities across America, while local health departments in West Michigan say there is finally a feeling of hope in the air that we may have turned a corner in regards to the pandemic.

So the vaccine will be here shortly in West Michigan?

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Ford International Airport is partnering TACKL Health providing COVID-19 testing to travelers. No appointment, doctor’s referral or symptoms are necessary at the drive-thru testing site.

“Many of our business travelers in particular, now are required to have a negative COVID test before they can go into certain markets. In particular, international destinations.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, December 10, 2020 photo
Michigan Office of the Governor / Associated Press

Michigan expects to receive about 257,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines initially if the federal government authorizes them for emergency use this month, enough to immunize roughly 128,000 residents, a top doctor said Thursday.

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Regional economic development organization, The Right Place, held its 24th annual Economic Outlook for West Michigan in a virtual venue. A sign of the times with the coronavirus pandemic spurring the 2020 recession. With a vaccine on the horizon, what’s the economic forecast for 2021.

“As we’re able to open up the economy, I think there’s certainly less risk to a continuing recession. Arguably, we were in a recession for a quarter and then we saw growth.”

Jim Robey is Director of Regional Economic Planning Services with the W.E. Upjohn Institute.

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Michigan Education Leaders Thursday called on Congress to pass a stimulus package that included more funding for public schools. The comments came during a meeting with superintendents across the state of Michigan, in an effort they said to highlight the “critical need for both short- and long-term K-12 funding commitments from the state and federal government."

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The November Supply Management Research indicates the West Michigan recession recovery continues at a slow pace. The concern is the surge in COVID-19 cases spurring another round of state-imposed restrictions.

The Michigan Department of health and Human Services has extended the three-week partial shutdown of businesses and schools an extra 12 day to Dec. 20th. The move is designed to slow the surge in COVID-19 cases.