Morning Briefing Nov. 19, 2021: Some Michigan communities turn away millions in federal COVID aid; Bloomfield Hills School District faces $150M lawsuit

Here are this morning’s top stories


Dozens of Michigan communities turn down millions in federal COVID funds

More than 40 Michigan communities are turning down federal pandemic funds allocated to states from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which passed earlier this year.

Read more here.

Student files $150M racial discrimination lawsuit against Bloomfield Hills School District

A student and their parents are suing the Bloomfield Hills School District for millions of dollars over racial discrimination following a string of racist incidents reported at the high school, and administrators’ alleged inaction.

See the report here.

‘I’m eternally grateful to you:’ Help Me Hank comes to rescue after tree trimmer abandons job

A Detroit woman is out big money after the man she hired to clean up a mess abandoned the job. A tree was severely damaged during summer storms, and the homeowner was terrified looking at it just hanging on in her backyard.

Now, the tree is gone.

See more here.

Employee throws hot coffee in customer’s face at Southgate Tim Hortons’ drive-thru

Name calling at a fast food restaurant in Southgate escalated into an employee throwing hot coffee at a customer’s face. The customer and her car were covered in coffee as she gave her account to police officers.

See the story here.

US expands COVID boosters to all adults, final hurdle ahead

U.S. regulators on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays.

Learn more here.

Weather forecast: Sunshine following lunar eclipse

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 14,561 new cases of COVID-19 and 242 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- a daily average of 7,280.5 cases over a two-day period. Of the 242 deaths announced Wednesday, 177 were identified during a review of records.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,224,273, including 23,104 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,209,712 cases and 22,862 deaths, as of Monday.

Read the latest COVID report here.

About the Author:

Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.