Morning Briefing Jan. 2, 2022: 2 children in critical condition after attack in Inkster; Snow accumulates in SE Michigan winter storm

Here are this morning’s top stories

2 children critically injured in Inkster attack

2 young children severely attacked at Inkster home, police say

Two children are hospitalized and in critical condition following a violent attack that occurred Saturday morning at an Inkster home.

See the report here.

Pins: Submit your photos, videos of Michigan snow storm

This weekend’s winter storm has brought Metro Detroit its first real snowfall of the season -- and we want to see what it looks like in your area!

Submit your photos/videos of the snow here.

❄️ Live radar: Tracking winter storm as it moves through SE Michigan

Michigan schools hiring hundreds of mental health staffers

Schools across Michigan are recruiting 562 mental and physical health professionals, the governor announced this week as experts said the increase is needed after years of understaffing and overburdening schools.

Read more here.

Get Caught Up: Michigan officials urge schools to double-down on COVID precautions after holiday break

Michigan’s health department is urging Michigan schools to double-down on preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 as students and staff return to buildings after the holiday break.

Read the report here.

Michigan minimum wage increases slightly, still below livable wage

Employees making minimum wage in Michigan will get a slight raise in 2022.

Michigan’s minimum wage rate will increase to $9.87 on January 1, 2022, an increase from the current $9.65.

Learn more here.

Weather forecast: Snow continues Sunday morning

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 25,858 new cases of COVID-19 and 338 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 12,929 cases over a two-day period, a new state record for daily cases, in the final data update of 2021.

The previous record of 9,779 new cases in one day was set in Nov. 2020. Of the 338 deaths announced Wednesday, 232 were identified during a review of records.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,507,338, including 26,988 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,481,480 cases and 26,650 deaths, as of Monday.

Note: Due to the holiday, the state did not provide a data update on Friday. The next update is expected on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Read the latest COVID report here.

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