Grosse Pointe Public Schools switch to fully virtual learning as COVID cases climb
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – All students within the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) are returning to remote learning next week as coronavirus spread worsens among the community. Students receiving special education programs and services will also switch to a virtual instruction on Monday. Superintendent Gary C. Niehaus says that, similarly to other districts, Grosse Pointe schools are facing staffing issues amid rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan, as teachers are forced to quarantine due to coronavirus exposure. Buildings will be open for GPPSS staff to access their classrooms, materials and technology. Click here for a list of COVID-19 cases and their associated schools within the GPPSS community.
Troy School District moves to virtual learning only amid increasing coronavirus spread
TROY, Mich. – The Troy School District is switching to remote learning as increased coronavirus spread impacts the community and their teaching staff. All K-12 students in the Troy School District will continue their education virtually only beginning on Monday, November 9. The district already canceled all in-person learning for high school students this week on Tuesday due to the impact of coronavirus spread. Oakland County has specifically struggled with coronavirus spread recently. “... we will evaluate whether the data, trends and public health guidance will necessitate an extended return to virtual learning,” Machesky wrote.
More Michigan school districts forced to go remote-only as COVID spread impacts school staff
As community spread of COVID-19 increases, so does the number of Michigan schools reversing their decision to bring students back for face-to-face learning. Right now, Oakland County is at a level “E” in community spread -- the highest and least desirable place to be. High school students in the Troy School District have been pulled back less than 30 days after returning to face-to-face learning. Macomb County is also considered at level “E” for community spread of COVID-19. More: With spike in COVID-19 cases, Metro Detroit school districts make decision to go fully remote
Trump aide says ‘we’re not going to control the pandemic’
The vice president had a shout-out for supporters who braved what he called “this night of tempest, to stand in the rain and stand firm” for Trump. He and first lady Melania Trump wrapped up the busy weekend by hosting costumed children for a socially distanced Halloween trick-or-treating on the White House grounds. “It’s one standard for the vice president and another for all the rest of us," Gostin said. Trump, campaigning in Londonderry, New Hampshire, said the rising rate of infections was nothing to be concerned about. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” Meadows said on CNN.
Michigan officials' advice on indoor dining puts restaurants in tougher spot
WATERFORD, Mich. – When Michigan’s chief medical executive offered new advice for restaurant customers on Wednesday, it came as a surprise -- especially for restaurant owners. As COVID-19 cases begin to rise rapidly throughout Michigan, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun encouraged people to significantly limit how -- and with whom -- they dine out. “Limit indoor dining with anyone who’s not in your own household. “It’s been a tough year here at Copperstone’s Family Dining,” said Joe Skreli, owner of Copperstone’s. “When the state closed down back in March, this restaurant closed for five months.
Michigan again at 'high risk’ for virus outbreak amid worry of 2nd wave, data shows
Experts recommend that at least 90 percent of new COVID-19 cases are traced within 48 hours to contain the virus. A majority of Michigan counties are considered at a “medium” risk for a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the data. A screenshot of Covid Act Now's map of the United States and colored according to their "Covid Risk Level." Michigan is now labeled at "high risk" for virus spread, according to data from Covid Act Now. Most of the country is at "high" risk for a COVID-19 outbreak, or is currently experiencing or facing an imminent outbreak.
‘Cluster’ of COVID-19 cases confirmed at University of Michigan residence hall
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan has confirmed a “cluster” of COVID-19 positive cases in the South Quad residence hall on its downtown Ann Arbor campus. On Thursday, the university announced that the sixth and eighth floors of the residence hall have the most cases and are “the area of focus” through a community notice. The cluster was identified by U-M Environment, Health & Safety and the Washtenaw County Health Department. There have been 65 positive cases across the U-M campus in the past two weeks, according to its COVID-19 dashboard. Anyone that has symptoms or a high risk or known exposure, should contact University Health Service (UHS) at 734-764-8320 or complete the online assessment immediately.
More East Lansing houses ordered to quarantine amid Michigan State University coronavirus outbreak
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ingham County Health Department has ordered residents of 39 large houses in East Lansing to self-quarantine amid an ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak among the Michigan State University community. “The current situation deeply concerns me for the MSU and East Lansing communities,” Vail said. We are truly in a crisis situation, especially in East Lansing. We must do all we can to contain the outbreak.”Of the total 39 large houses currently placed under mandatory quarantine in East Lansing, 25 are fraternity and sorority houses and 14 are large rental houses. The university announced 124 new COVID-19 cases among MSU students during the week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 8.
All MSU students asked to self-quarantine after school confirms 300+ COVID-19 cases
Sept. 12, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 111,524; Death toll now at 6,591Several signs were displayed across Michigan State campus Saturday reminding students that face masks are mandatory, but that’s not all -- health and school leaders are now asking students to self quarantine for 14 days, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. I’m just going by the protocols and doing what I have to do to keep it safe. The self-quarantine comes after the university announced 124 new COVID-19 cases among MSU students during the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 8. “Right now, we’re looking at numbers that are even higher than that.”Vail said most of the cases are coming from large social gatherings. Michigan State University provides a weekly report on new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus online right hereMore News
Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine amid surge of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Students at Michigan State University (MSU) are being asked to self-quarantine as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise among the community. The Ingham County Health Department issued a recommendation on Saturday that all local MSU students “self-quarantine immediately to contain the outbreak." Michigan State University provides a weekly report on new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus online right here . On Sept. 8, university officials said that contact tracing is being conducted for all COVID-19 cases. The Ingham County Health Department said Saturday that it will evaluate “congregate settings” to see if additional measures are warranted.
124 Michigan State University students test positive for COVID-19
EAST LANSING, Mich. In just over a week, 124 Michigan State University students have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the university announced Wednesday. All 124 students who tested positive for the virus live off campus, according to officials. This increase in positive cases among students is disappointing, but not unexpected, said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. With exceptions for graduate students and students in the colleges of Law, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, students planning to live on campus this fall were asked to stay home and complete their courses online. Michigan State University provides a weekly report on confirmed positive COVID-19 on campus -- you can find that online here.
I knew it would happen: 124 COVID-19 cases confirmed at Michigan State University
EAST LANSING, Mich. There have been 124 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases confirmed at Michigan State University in East Lansing. That includes students with symptoms, self-reported cases and university employees. MSU undergraduate students are already taking their classes online. READ: Undergraduate classes at Michigan State University will be taught remotely this fallThis increase in positive cases among students is disappointing, but not unexpected, said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. READ: 124 Michigan State University students test positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus spread in Michigan ‘slow, controlled,’ according to data
Nearly one month since our last report, Michigan has maintained its “medium” risk level for a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to data from Covid Act Now. A screenshot of Covid Act Now's map of the United States and colored according to their "Covid Risk Level." Michigan is still labeled at "medium risk" for virus spread, according to data from Covid Act Now. Experts recommend that at least 90 percent of new COVID-19 cases are traced within 48 hours to contain the virus. According to the data, Michigan’s contact tracing did fall to as low as 25 percent at the beginning of August.
Report: Nearly half of Muskegon Correctional Facility has COVID-19
DETROIT – Almost half of the men incarcerated at a western Michigan prison have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a newspaper report. Roughly 47%, or 612 of 1,296 prisoners at Muskegon Correctional Facility, have tested positive as of last Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Since March, 4,620 of 37,497 state prisoners have tested positive and 68 prisoners have died. We have conducted multiple rounds of testing at Muskegon, including testing prisoners who previously tested negative yesterday. We have also offered multiple rounds of testing to staff with additional staff testing next week.
Outdoor events limited to 25 people in East Lansing under new emergency order
EAST LANSING, Mich. Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail signed an emergency order on Tuesday that restricts outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people in the city of East Lansing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Vails new emergency order is specific to East Lansing -- which is home to thousands of college students who attend Michigan State University (MSU). The emergency order also includes properties adjacent to those streets. East Lansing residents must still comply with the states 10-person capacity limit for indoor gatherings. Those who defy East Lansings new emergency order may face a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and/or a $200 fine, officials said.
Michigan moved from ‘high’ to ‘medium’ risk for coronavirus outbreak, data shows
In just over a week, Michigan’s risk for a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been moved from a “high” risk level to a “medium” risk level by Covid Act Now. On Friday the data shows that Michigan is averaging 7.3 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day for every 100,000 residents. Majority of Michigan counties are considered at a “medium” risk for a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the data. A map of Michigan counties and their assigned COVID-19 risk levels from research led by Covid Act Now. See: Michigan COVID-19 risk map update: Where things standGov.
Whats open, whats closed -- Making sense of the latest Executive Orders
MORE: Here are all 109 executive orders issued by Whitmer during COVID-19 pandemicMatt McGrails business, Cork & Gabel on Michigan Avenue, is just getting by. Right now, Regions 6 and 8 are in Phase 5; and all other regions -- including Metro Detroit -- are in Phase 4. In Detroit, theres concern about young people not taking COVID-19 seriously. July 30, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 80,887; Death toll now at 6,191Young people are not immune, said Detroit Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair. More information on coronavirus (COVID-19):
Michigan Gov. Whitmer will allow casinos to reopen at 15 percent capacity
Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigans Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting on July 31, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state. July 29, 2020 -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 80,172; Death toll now at 6,172As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to save lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system while we continue to combat COVID-19, Whitmer said. READ: More than 70 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks recorded in Michigan in last week, health officials say
Over 70 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks recorded in Michigan in last week, health officials say
As of Tuesday the state is reporting a total of 79,176 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6,170 deaths -- an increase of 669 new cases since Monday. Dr. Khaldun said Tuesday that there have been more than 70 COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan within the last week. Officials cant be sure of where 68 percent of recent COVID-19 cases were exposed at. To get tested for COVID-19, contact your primary care physician or find a free testing site in Michigan online here. The state has reportedly budgeted $10 million for local health departments to ramp up their contact tracing efforts, officials said Tuesday.
Health officials: Ingham County COVID-19 cases may be tied to recent travel
LANSING, Mich. Ingham County health officials are asking people who have recently traveled to states with a high-risk for coronavirus (COVID-19) spread to self-quarantine for 14 days. The recommendation comes as COVID-19 cases spike throughout Ingham County -- which officials say may be largely attributed to recent travel. Approximately one-third of positive cases in Ingham County have recent travel in their history, said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. Ingham County health officials are urging people to use this data to influence their travel plans, avoiding regions that are high risk for COVID-19 spread. Recent travelers should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, which can develop up to 14 days after exposure.
185 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases now linked to outbreak at East Lansing bar
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Ingham County health officials say a total of 185 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now tied to an outbreak at a bar in East Lansing as of Saturday evening. On June 23, officials said more than a dozen people who visited Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub between June 12-20 had tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 185 people who have tested positive, 143 of them visited Harper’s, officials said. Health officials have identified 42 secondary cases, or people who got infected by someone who visited Harper’s and contracted the virus. On July 1 Whitmer closed a number of indoor bars as COVID-19 cases began to increase at a more rapid pace around the state.
Lansing bus service listed as potential coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure site
LANSING, Mich. Two unrelated people who recently rode CATA buses in Lansing have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), health officials announced Friday. Individuals interested in COVID-19 testing can contact their primary care physician or find a no-cost COVID-19 testing site in Michigan online here. Ingham County is also hosting a cost- and appointment-free COVID-19 testing event on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Walsh Park in Lansing. COVID-19 cases are rising across Michigan counties, and at least two outbreaks have been linked to locations in Ingham County. At least 138 COVID-19 cases have been linked to an outbreak at Harpers Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing, and at least three COVID-19 cases are linked to a veterinary clinic in Lansing -- with more infections suspected.
Michigan officials: Face mask exempt cards illegitimate
LANSING, Mich. Michigan officials are warning of fake face mask exempt cards that have been circulated by some groups in an effort to bypass wearing face coverings in businesses and locations where they are required amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These groups are trying to spread misinformation about the use of face coverings, and the unfortunate outcome is that they are also endangering the lives of many people, Nessel said. COVID-19 cases have been increasing at a more rapid rate than previous weeks in Michigan and across the country. The chart shows a high risk of COVID-19 transmission when no face coverings are worn, and the least risk of transmission when coverings are worn by both parties. (MDHHS)Click here to learn more about face coverings and their effectiveness for slowing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC.
What does Michigan’s ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 mean?
DETROIT – A website that tracks the risk of COVID-19 spreading in each state has changed Michigan’s status from being in control of the spread to “at risk” of an active outbreak. The group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders at Covid Act Now used a number of different factors to calculate a risk for COVID-19 worsening in any given state. By their calculations, Michigan is currently only able to trace 48% of new coronavirus infections within two days. As of the calculations done on July 4, the risk level for every region has gone up. Grand Rapids and Lansing are both listed as high risk, while Metro Detroit was increased to medium-high risk.
Michigan now at ‘high risk’ for coronavirus outbreak, research shows
Michigan has now been labeled at “high risk” for a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as cases increase across the state, according to data from Covid Act Now. A screenshot of Covid Act Now's map of the United States and colored according to their "Covid Risk Level." A map of Michigan counties and their assigned COVID-19 risk levels from research led by Covid Act Now. (Covid Act Now)A number of Michigan counties have moved backward into “high” or “critical” risk levels for a COVID-19 outbreak since last week. Michigan is one of 24 states at high risk for a COVID-19 outbreak.
At least 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases tied to Lansing veterinary clinic, more suspected
LANSING, Mich. – Ingham County health officials announced Saturday multiple coronavirus (COVID-19) cases linked to a Lansing veterinary clinic, with even more people likely exposed. Anyone who went to the clinic between those dates should watch for COVID-19 symptoms, which may develop up to 14 days after exposure, officials said. The county’s announcement comes as COVID-19 cases tied to an outbreak at an East Lansing bar continue to rise. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.