Morning Briefing Jan. 9, 2022: $100M lawsuit against Oxford school district amended; Omicron spurs nationwide breakdown of services

Here are this morning’s top stories

Memorial items are shown on the sign of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Civil lawsuit against Oxford school district, staff amended to include new counts

A civil lawsuit brought by Geoffrey Fieger against the Oxford Community Schools district and several of its administrators and staff has been amended to include new counts against the defendants.

See the report here.

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

The current explosion of omicron-fueled coronavirus infections in the U.S. is causing a breakdown in basic functions and services — the latest illustration of how COVID-19 keeps upending life more than two years into the pandemic.

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Suspect arrested in non-fatal shooting that closed I-75 in Oakland County

Police have arrested a suspect in the non-fatal shooting of a driver Friday afternoon on I-75 in Oakland County.

Learn more here.

Washtenaw County Health Department: Largest number of COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours on Friday

Between Thursday and Friday, Washtenaw County reported 1,403 COVID-19 cases—the largest number the county has seen within 24 hours since the beginning of the ongoing pandemic.

Read more here.

Man charged with buying gun for Rittenhouse takes plea deal

The man who bought Kyle Rittenhouse an assault-style rifle when he was only 17 has agreed to plead no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a non-criminal citation, and avoid convictions on the two felonies he’d been facing.

Learn more here.

Weather forecast: Brightening up, but cooling down

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 40,692 new cases of COVID-19 and 259 virus-related deaths Friday -- a record average of 20,346 cases over a two-day period.

The daily average of 20,346 cases surpasses Wednesday’s average of 13,673 cases per day and is the highest in Michigan since the start of the pandemic.

Of the 259 deaths announced Friday, 136 were identified during a review of records.

Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,636,611, including 27,822 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,595,919 cases and 27,563 deaths, as of Wednesday.

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.