Nightside Report Feb. 1, 2021: Michigan unemployment: PUA, PEUC claimants can now reopen, certify claims, state says; Restaurants reopen indoor dining

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New COVID-19 restrictions lead to flood of new unemployment claims in Michigan
New COVID-19 restrictions lead to flood of new unemployment claims in Michigan

Michigan unemployment: PUA, PEUC claimants can now reopen, certify claims, state says

DETROIT – Michigan residents who had PUA and PEUC claims that ended in December can now reopen, certify or apply for benefits, state unemployment officials said.

Officials with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency said they have completed system updates for the recently extended federal unemployment insurance programs.

All remaining Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation claimants whose claims ended when CARES Act programs were interrupted in December can now either reopen, certify or apply for benefits available under the Continued Assistance Act, according to the state.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 561,307; Death toll now at 14,609

Metro Detroit weather: Forecasting snow showers for Monday evening, later in week

We had the winter look over the weekend, and there will be no doubt about where we sit seasonally by the end of our forecast.

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4 Fast Facts

  • The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is dismissing all pending and adjudicated cases in the county related to COVID-19 executive orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the last year. Click here to read more.
  • Swimming is one of the safest athletic activities during the pandemic, but some who practice the sport feel stuck. Click here to read more.
  • About 20 to 25 murder cases are reported a year in Oakland County, said Karen McDonald, the new county prosecutor. But there have been seven reported since December. Click here to read more.
  • By the end of the month the Detroit school district is reopening learning centers for students. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Customers, restaurant owners talk about reopening of indoor dining in Michigan with restrictions

Michigan restaurants have only had ten days to make changes and get ramped up for Monday, Feb. 1.

Those changes include indoor dining being capped at 25 percent capacity. Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people at each table. Bars and restaurants must also close before 10 p.m. daily.

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Metro Detroit doctor encourages people to pay more attention to their heart health

February is Heart Month and experts said that it’s a critical time for people to start paying more attention to their heart health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on patients’ willingness to seek care. Experts said that 65 percent of heart patients putting off screenings or routine checkups. Metro Detroit cardiologists are fighting to help reverse that trend.

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Two shutdowns, partial reopenings: How Michigan restaurants have been handled during COVID pandemic

Restaurants have been the most hotly debated topic of Michigan’s shutdowns throughout the COVID pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have twice shut down indoor dining, with the most recent ban ending Monday (Feb. 1).

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.