Ingham County issues emergency orders to maintain ‘COVID-19 protections’ following Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling
LANSING, Mich. – New emergency orders issued Sunday will require Ingham County residents to continue following coronavirus safety requirements, regardless of the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling on Gov. Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail issued four new emergency orders on Sunday to “keep several COVID-19 protections in place” just after the state Supreme Court struck down Gov. “Protecting Ingham County residents is a responsibility that I take very seriously. Ingham County’s four new emergency orders can be viewed at the following links: Ingham2020-21, Ingham2020-22, Ingham2020-23, Ingham2020-24. The Ingham County Health Department said Sunday that Vail has the authority to issue the orders under Michigan Law MCL 333.2453.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
The current extension of the border crossing restrictions is set to expire Sept. 21, 2020. An official announcement is expected before the Sept. 21 expiration. Students at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township have been ordered to “stay in place” for 14 days following more than 600 COVID-19 cases. A sense of normalcy is returning to Michigan college campuses amid the Big Ten’s decision to reinstate the fall football season. Read MoreTuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 --
Is Michigan Gov. Whitmer planning more restrictions after COVID-19 outbreaks in Lansing Region?
LANSING, Mich. – As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to spike in areas around Michigan, the governor was asked what it would take for her to issue more restrictions and closures in the state, and specifically, the Lansing Region. “Given the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Lansing area ... what would it take for you to issue further restrictions or closure to certain businesses or sectors in our region, and do you have any plans to do so?”READ: How COVID-19 cases are trending in all 8 Michigan regionsMichigan Gov. She said Michigan will remain in a state of emergency for “probably a matter of months,” at the very least. Michigan State University is the latest college to be hit hard by COVID-19 cases in the state. But despite the outbreaks, Whitmer doesn’t currently have any plans to impose further restrictions.
Here are the 5 goals Michigan has to reach before COVID-19 restrictions are loosened
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s top medical official listed five goals the state needs to reach before coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are loosened. “We are seeing a plateau of cases,” Khaldun said. Detroit, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo regions: Steady decrease over the last two or three weeks. Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions: Decrease for one or two weeks. “There are many things that we’re looking at to determine how we move forward with the phases across the state,” Khaldun said.
Is there any chance of Michigan Gov. Whitmer loosening COVID-19 restrictions before Labor Day?
Gretchen Whitmer was asked Wednesday if there’s any chance she would loosen or change coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in the state before Labor Day weekend, regardless of the numbers. MORE: Here’s how all 83 Michigan counties are divided into regions in Gov. Whitmer’s reopening planUltimately, Whitmer said advice from medical and public health experts will determine if there will be changes before Labor Day. In the Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions, officials are reporting about 35 cases per million people per day. Khaldun said the Traverse City Region is under 10 cases per million people per day and has been decreasing over the past three weeks.
Gov. Whitmer ‘trying to avoid’ moving Michigan back a phase in COVID-19 reopening plan
Gretchen Whitmer said she’s “trying to avoid” moving the state back a phase in her coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening plan when asked if there’s any chance of loosening restrictions before the school year. “We’re trying to avoid moving back a phase,” Whitmer said. “Essentially, countries that have been successful have less than 10 (cases) per million (people) per day. In the Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions, officials are reporting about 35 cases per million people per day. The Saginaw and Lansing regions have both dropped below 30 cases per million people per day.
‘We are seeing a plateau of cases’: Michigan COVID-19 numbers decreasing in 7 of 8 regions
LANSING, Mich. – The number of new daily coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan is starting to plateau, and there are some positive trends in seven of the eight geographical regions, the state’s top health official said. “We are seeing a plateau of cases,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said Wednesday during a press briefing with Michigan Gov. In the Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions, officials are reporting about 35 cases per million people per day. The Saginaw and Lansing regions have both dropped below 30 cases per million people per day. The Lansing Region is the only region that has seen a recent increase, according to Khaldun.
State says Detroit Region not in ‘high risk’ category, citing website error
LANSING, Mich. – The state’s website was incorrect and the Detroit Region has not been moved into the “high risk” category for spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to officials. “Detroit is NOT at a high risk level,” the state told ClickOnDetroit via email. Whitmer’s reopening planThe region is at or near 40 cases per million population on a seven-day average for more than a week. State officials upgraded the Detroit Region to “medium-high risk” July 8 when new cases were beginning to trend upward. The online map showed Detroit was in the “high risk” category as of Friday (see the screenshot above).
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.
Risk level upgraded for 4 of Michigan’s regions as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rise
LANSING, Mich. – The risk level for four of Michigan’s eight geographical regions has been upgraded as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rises throughout the state. State officials have increased the risk level of the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions. The seven-day rolling average of cases in the Detroit Region has risen to 22 per million population, which warrants medium-high risk. The 3% positive test rate is not yet at the medium-high risk level. Other regionsThe Kalamazoo and Jackson regions are still at the medium risk level, though data suggests they could be upgraded soon, according to the state.
Detroit Region now considered medium-high risk as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases spike statewide
LANSING, Mich. – The Detroit Region is now considered “medium-high risk” as the number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to increase throughout the state. Whitmer’s reopening plan“The Detroit Region has increased to the medium-high risk level based on case rate and percent positivity increases over three weeks,” the state says on its MI Safe Start map. The seven-day rolling average of cases in the Detroit Region has risen to 22 per million population, which warrants medium-high risk. The Traverse City Region and Upper Peninsula have seen increased case and positive test rates, so both are now considered medium risk. Before Wednesday’s update, the Lansing Region was considered high risk, the Grand Rapids Region was considered medium-high risk, the Detroit, Kalamazoo, Jackson and Saginaw regions were considered medium risk and the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Region were considered low risk.
138 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases now linked to outbreak at East Lansing bar
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Health officials have now linked 138 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to an outbreak at a bar in East Lansing. The Harper’s coronavirus outbreak has greatly contributed to the entire Lansing Region -- which includes Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham and Shiawassee counties -- being moved to the “high risk” category of Gov. Of the 138 people who have tested positive, 119 of them visited Harper’s, officials said. Health officials said anyone who visited the bar during that time period should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Health officials respond“Anyone could have COVID-19,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail said.