Coronavirus / Covid-19

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More than 80% of Michigan school districts planned to offer some form of in-person instruction in February, a 20-plus point rise over the previous month amid a decline in the coronavirus’ spread.

Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Colloborative said it was the largely monthly increase since the start of the academic year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has strongly encouraged schools to provide a face-to-face option by March 1.

  

Muskegon County health officials say a resident has tested positive for the new, more contagious variant of COVID-19. The news comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, who earlier this week announced that nearly 70 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, had been confirmed in Michigan, with the first known positive case in Muskegon County.

Kathy Moore is Muskegon County’s Public Health Officer. She says the news is cause for concern, but hope remains as well.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said again Wednesday the Legislature’s Republican leaders are failing to bargain on a COVID-19 plan for Michigan. The governor said so during an online news conference.

At issue on the deadlock is how to spend $5 billion in federal COVID response funds, back-to-school plans, restrictions on businesses, and GOP calls for new limits on executive authority to issue emergency health orders.

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Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic.

Bars and restaurants, which reopened for indoor dining and drinking on Feb 1. after a 2 1/2-month ban, have a 10 p.m. curfew and are limited to 25% occupancy, up to a maximum of 100 patrons, under a state health order supported by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She has opposed linking coronavirus metrics to the automatic loosening or tightening of restrictions.

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An activist group is calling on Michigan Republicans to hurry up and pass a COVID-19 relief bill. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan last month, but the GOP-led legislature has not yet brought it up for debate.

Doctor Farhan Bhatti is with the left-leaning Committee to Protect Medicare. He says acting quickly will help people.

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Kent County officials have renegotiated the lease agreement for the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place.

Monday, January 25th the centrally located West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place began distributing COVID-19 vaccines. A collaboration between the Kent County Health Department, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health. At that time, the goal was to distribute 20,000 vaccines a day.

The clinic was announced January 22nd and the price-tag was not made public at that time.

“The cost is going to be significant. The cost of not doing it is also extraordinary.”

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A judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges Monday against six hair stylists who were ticketed last spring during a protest at the Michigan Capitol.

The women were cutting hair to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to keep barber shops and salons closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The women argued that the tickets had to be dismissed after the state Supreme Court in October said many Whitmer orders were issued under an unconstitutional law.

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High schools are anticipating a shortage of men and women who blow the whistle as basketball returns to Michigan gyms after a timeout for the coronavirus.

Registration of referees is down 25% from a year ago, and the risk of COVID-19 is a “contributing factor,” said Geoff Kimmerly, a spokesman at the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

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Metro Health-University of Michigan health new approach to treating patients recovering from COVID-19 Metro Health-University of Michigan Health is encouraging patients recovering from COVID-19 to relocate where they’re most comfortable – home.

The hospital is launching what it calls “house calls for the digital age.”

Teaming up with Home Recovery Solutions, specializing in telehealth and remote patient monitoring, COVID-19 patients cleared for in-home recovery are equipped with the latest monitoring technologies.

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State health officials said Friday that Michigan has capacity to vaccinate up to 80,000 people a day but the supply of COVID-19 doses, while higher in recent weeks, remains limited.

They also said their goal is to ensure no one has to travel more than 20 minutes to a vaccination site in the pandemic, and that a priority is to allocate additional doses to areas based on factors such as poverty, lack of transportation and crowded housing.

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Michigan’s health department lifted a monthslong ban on contact sports that was ordered to help curb rising coronavirus cases, starting Monday, as long as masks are worn.

Thursday’s announcement from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came a week after she had expressed optimism about a restart — amid growing pressure from parents, athletes, school administrators and Republican lawmakers. If face coverings cannot be worn, athletes must be regularly tested for COVID-19 under the revised order.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving Spectrum Health Emergency Use Authorization for two monoclonal antibodies for treating non-hospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

The two monoclonal antibodies infusion treatments are from pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly and Regeneron and are being offered at a new infusion clinic at East Grand Rapids' Blodgett Hospital. The intravenous treatment takes one hours. From start to finish, patients will require a three hour stay.

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