Michigan health department recommends universal masking in schools for beginning of 2021-22 school year
“Because many students have yet to be vaccinated and students under age 12 are not yet eligible, layered prevention measures, including universal masking, must be put in place for consistent in-person learning to keep kids, staff and families safe,” reads a MDHHS release.
University of Michigan psychologist weighs in on decisions people make on masks, vaccinations
There is no way to tell who is vaccinated and who is not, which puts Michigan residents on an honor system. A University of Michigan researcher spoke with Local 4 about how to make the right choice and trust people around you are doing the same.
Early studies suggest vaccines may reduce COVID transmission
That’s on top of the nearly $200 million for virus genome sequencing, which is critical for tracking new variants of the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said there are two studies that are pointing in a favorable direcion. If found higher amounts of the virus in the nose was linked to a greater ability to spread the virus. “In other words, higher viral load, good transmissibility; low viral load, very poor transmissibility.”So people who are fully vaccinated have less virus in their nose. Ad“When your turn to get vaccinated comes up, get vaccinated,” Fauci said.
New CDC research suggests double-masking boosts protection against COVID
The CDC tested two different mask modifications -- putting a three-layered cloth mask over a surgical mask and “knotting and tucking,” where someone knots the ear loops of a surgical mask and tuck in the excess material to reduce the gaps on the side of the face. AdCDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky discussed the new research designed to evaluate different strategies to improve masks’ ability to block particles. Putting a cloth mask over the surgical mask and knotting and tucking the mask both boosted protection. “Based on this new information, the CDC is updating the mask information for the public on the CDC website to provide new options on how to improve mask fit,” Walensky said. The new options include wearing a mask with a moldable nose wire or wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask.
Wisconsin GOP repeals governor’s statewide mask mandate
Tony Evers' mask mandate, a move that would jeopardize more than $49 million in federal food assistance. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask order on Thursday, an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate saying he didn't have authority to make such a decree. Republicans, who control both chambers, argued that Evers exceeded his authority by repeatedly extending the mask mandate without legislative approval. All of Wisconsin’s neighboring states have some form of mask mandate, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy. Federal law requires there to be an emergency health order in place to receive the money.
Washtenaw County Health Department holding free mask pick up events
Masks will be available for those who were able to reserve masks ahead of time for this date. The Washtenaw County Health Department will be giving away free KN95 adult masks and children’s masks at two upcoming events. Adult KN95 masks and single-use children’s mask packs will be available for pick up. Adult masks come in sealed packs of five and children’s masks come in sealed packs of 10. “Reduce your risk of being exposed to COVID-19 by wearing a mask when out in public.”The website to reserve masks has been disabled.
Experts recommend quality masks or double masking in higher risk situations
DETROIT – As concern grows over the new and more contagious COVID-19 variant experts are urging Americans to upgrade their masks or consider double masking especially in higher risk situations. Health experts warn the new COVID-19 variant could become the dominant strain by March. We should be getting higher quality masks and people should be wearing higher quality masks, more or less right away,” said Ashish Jha, a public health expert. Experts now say the next best thing may be double masking. If you’re going to double mask, experts say you want to make sure the higher quality mask is closest to your face, then layer the additional mask over that making sure you have a snug fit over your mouth and nose.
Guidance on which masks work best, which ones to avoid, according to Michigan health department
DETROIT – Michigan health officials released some guidance on wearing masks -- specifically wearing the right types of masks -- to be sure you’re getting enough protection. MDHHS launched a new campaign on Tuesday called “Mask Up, Mask Right,” aimed at educating the public on the best types of masks to wear while in public. “It’s important to wear the right mask and wear it the right way. It also includes wearing the approved mask correctly and having it secured over the nose and face and tightly fitting without gaps. Mask Up, Mask Right.
MDHHS asks Michiganders to ‘Mask Up, Mask Right’
It also includes wearing the approved mask correctly and having it secured over the nose and face and tightly fitting without gaps. DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching an initiative to not only get Michiganders to mask up, but to mask right. “The science is now settled: Masks protect others from COVID – and they protect the wearer,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “It’s important to wear the right mask and wear it the right way. It also includes wearing the approved mask correctly and having it secured over the nose and face and tightly fitting without gaps.
Michigan’s ‘3-week pause’ COVID restrictions in effect: What to know
Under new restrictions issued Sunday evening by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), here’s what is closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 in Michigan. Hair salons, barber shops, other personal services (Per the MDHHS order -- Section 4.e. : In facilities offering non-essential personal care services, including hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services, gatherings are only. (MDHHS)Face mask requirementUnder this MDHHS epidemic order, all persons participating in gatherings are required to wear a face mask. Again, this order takes effect on November 18, 2020 at 12:01 AM, at which time the October 29, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded, the state says.
Michigan Medicine joins country’s top hospitals in #MaskUp campaign as COVID-19 surges nationwide
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine has partnered with about 100 of the country’s top health care systems urging Americans to mask up as COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking highs. Over the past two weeks, more than 900 medical workers at Mayo Clinic tested positive for COVID-19. The message reads:“As the top nationally-ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. However now is exactly the wrong time to let up,” Marschall S. Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School said in a statement. “But for now, we have to use the tools that we know work: wearing masks, staying socially distant and washing hands.
Why is indoor dining at Michigan restaurants being shut down for 3 weeks despite fewer outbreaks?
Why is Michigan shutting down indoor dining at restaurants for three weeks even though there aren’t as many outbreaks linked to restaurants compared to other activities? From Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8, Michiganders will only be able to order takeout from restaurants, unless outdoor seating is available. Gretchen Whitmer was asked the following question Sunday when she announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s new COVID-19 rules. “Restaurants and bars were able at least to mitigate some difficulties earlier in the year with outdoor dining. “That’s why this activity, like the others that are being addressed, fell into this category.”Whitmer said shutting down indoor dining at restaurants is among the actions health experts recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
New studies confirm importance of mask use amid COVID pandemic
In the outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- a close quarters, high-risk environment -- wearing a mask reduced the risk of becoming infected by 70%. The benefits of wearing masks really highlight the risks of getting together with others to eat and drink when you can’t wear a mask. Likewise small gatherings can pose a big risk because people are less likely to wear a mask around people they know well. The c-d-c has been late to support universal mask wearing. The delay the CDC had in supporting universal mask wearing helped the virus spread, but we can change that now.
Health Department lists Port Huron bar as potential COVID exposure site
PORT HURON, Mich. – The St. Clair County Health Department has identified Roche Bar, located at 405 Quay Street in Port Huron, as a potential coronavirus exposure site after an employee tested positive. RELATED: Tracking the trends of how COVID-19 is spreadOfficials urge anyone who has visited Roche Bar between Oct. 17 and Oct. 25 to monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days and to seek testing. Patrons should take precautions to avoid transmitting COVID-19 to others. The health department listed the following steps to protect others:Wearing a mask or face covering when in public spacesPracticing social distancing- 6 feet or more away from othersAvoiding large gatheringsStaying home when you are sickAnyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines. Michigan.gov has a list of resources available to those concerned about COVID-19.
Menards security guards faces charges in 2nd incident involving injured customers
LIVONIA, Mich. – A store security guard was charged with assault and it appears it may not be an isolated incident. It’s the same security guard who was involved in an incident Aug. 8, in which a customer at a Menards store said his leg was broken over a dispute over wearing a mask. He said he could have been seriously hurt when he was thrown into the air and onto the floor by a security guard at the Livonia Menards. He said the security guard cursed at him for trying to exit through the entrance. RELATED: Man says Menards security guard in Livonia broke his leg for not wearing mask despite medical reason“What was Menards thinking keeping him there?"
U-M president: Social gatherings ‘main cause of recent COVID-19 spread on campus'
ANN ARBOR – In a statement issued Tuesday following the announcement that all undergraduate students at the University of Michigan must stay-in-place for 14 days, university President Mark Schlissel said that the majority of COVID-19 cases on campus were linked to social gatherings. “Most of the cases on our campus can be traced back to small- and medium-size gatherings without appropriate face coverings and social distancing,” Schlissel said in the statement. According to school and county health authorities, the measure was taken since most students in the residence hall skipped mandatory COVID-19 testing. The emergency order comes just as U-M rolled out its voluntary asymptomatic saliva-based testing program for all members of its community. As things stand, opponent Minnesota has already announced that it will have several players unavailable on Saturday due to COVID-19.
What the CDC says about face masks -- a refresher
Here’s a quick refresher on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about wearing face masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Read more: CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” WebpageThe CDC recommended that all Americans wear a cloth mask over their face to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Updated guidelines for face masksOn Aug. 27, the CDC released updated guidelines for selecting, wearing and cleaning face masks for the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC continues to stress you wear masks in public settings “around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.” Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others, the CDC maintains. The CDC do’s and don’ts over selecting the proper face mask (CDC)Find the CDC’s complete face masks recommendations/guidelines here.
Charges dropped against Westland man who accused Menards security guard of breaking his leg over mask policy
LIVONIA, Mich. – The case of an alleged assault over a mask mandate that occurred at a Menards store in Livonia has been dismissed. Though he was the one charged, Blake claims that a Menards security guard broke his leg for not wearing a mask into the Livonia store, despite having a medical reason not to wear one. Blake says on August 8 the security guard broke his leg during a takedown after notifying him that he had to wear a mask in the store. The customer said he tried to explain to the security guard that he had a health issue, but couldn’t get a word in before the guard got in his face. The security guard told police that he informed Blake of the policy, but Blake said that was not true.
When it comes to preventing spread of COVID-19 not all masks are equal
DETROIT – Not all masks are created equal, especially when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Kristin Englund from the Cleveland Clinic said it’s important to remember only certain masks are proven effective in reducing coronavirus spread. READ: Michigan lawmakers approve COVID-19 response plan“We know that cloth masks that have two layers of cloth are the best way to protect yourself when you’re out trick-or-treating. Try to find some cloth that matches your costume and make your own masks,” she said. Surgical and cloth masks are often worn to help prevent COVID-19.
Man says Menards security guard in Livonia broke his leg for not wearing mask despite medical reason
LIVONIA, Mich. – A man claims a security guard at Menards in Livonia broke his leg during a takedown for not wearing a mask even though he had a medical reason for not doing so. Blake said a security guard at the Livonia Menards location broke his leg Aug. 8 during a takedown. Blake said the security guard told him he had to wear a mask and pointed at a sign. The security guard told police he informed Blake of the policy. Attorney Greg Rohl, who is representing Blake, said the security guard was the aggressor.
Uber will require riders to prove they’re wearing a mask if they neglected to wear one during past rides
If a driver reports to Uber that a rider wasn’t wearing a mask, that rider will be required to take a selfie with their face covered before they can take another trip with Uber. “We believe accountability is a two-way street and have implemented policies and built technology to promote shared accountability and mutual respect. In May, we announced that all users (riders, drivers and delivery people) are required to wear a mask or face cover during a trip,” said Navideh Forghani, with Uber. Uber officials said more than 1,250 riders have had their access to the Uber app removed after multiple reports from drivers that they hadn’t been wearing a mask. Since May, drivers and delivery people have been required to take a selfie to verify that they’re wearing a mask before they can start using the app to drive.
Whitmer clarifies order: Masks not required for all sports in Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer late Wednesday clarified her order requiring masks in organized sports, saying they must be worn in training and competition only when athletes cannot consistently keep 6 feet apart. The measure explicitly mentions football, soccer and volleyball as sports where face coverings are a must due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it also now exempts sports in which athletes can keep distance except for occasional and fleeting moments such as tennis, golf, cross country, baseball and softball. Earlier this week, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, criticized requiring children participating in outdoor sports to wear face coverings. Whitmer, in a statement, said the virus is easily spread through airborne particles and can affect everyone differently.
11 pop culture face masks that would be fun to wear in public
Whether you like it or not, wearing a face mask in public has become the new norm when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Disposable face masks work great, but with no design whatsoever. (Whiskey and Zen/Etsy)Who wouldn’t love a face mask from the Rose Apothecary in Schitt’s Creek? This face mask hopefully will give people at the grocery store a chuckle. Wear a face mask around your friends and family to protect them from COVID-19, plus make some people smile with this “Golden Girls” tribute.
VIEW: CDC offers updated guidelines for face masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidelines for selecting, wearing and cleaning face masks for the coronavirus pandemic. The update was released Aug. 27. The CDC continues to recommend that you wear masks in public settings “around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.” Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others, the CDC maintains. In Michigan, it has been the law to wear masks in public buildings and spaces since the governor’s order was issued in July. Find the CDC’s complete face masks recommendations/guidelines here.
GM donates 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools
This image is protected by copyright but provided for public relations, editorial and so)DETROIT General Motors is donating 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools, the automaker announced Tuesday. The donation is part of the states MI Mask Aid partnership announced by Gov. This is great news for our students, educators and support staff who need access to face masks to protect themselves and their families. View: CDCs guide to wearing face masks properlyGM started producing face masks back in March when the pandemic hit Michigan. The companys Warren facility has two production lines for face masks and a third line making N95 face respirators.
How you can make wearing a mask fashionable and fun
Wearing a mask out in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is just another sign of the times these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan thinks this is a perfect time to up your fashion game and get creative when it comes to wearing a face covering, and most importantly, to make it easy when making your own face mask. Jordan suggest glamming up plain old black or white masks with something a little bit more exciting. As for a black mask, try embellishing it with a few rhinestones or jewels. Don’t go overboard with them, but a few could really make a black mask pop in the light.
Video: Man trashes Highland Park liquor store over reported face mask dispute
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. Video captured a man trash Azzos Liquor in Highland Park after the store owner claims he was turned away for not wearing a mask Sunday. The surveillance video captures a man in a white shirt holding a bag over his mouth. When he approaches the counter, the owner turns the man away for not wearing a real mask and the man angrily storms out of the store. If youre against wearing a mask, dont take it out on a store. The mask order is still in place for anyone indoors and the fine for not wearing a mask is $500.
Study finds multiple layers make cloth masks more effective
DETROIT – Researchers are learning more about what makes a cloth mask more effective against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). A new study in the medical journal, Thorax, indicates that layers are essential and that having at least two is better than one layer. Researchers in Australia tested the effectiveness of the CDC recommended one or two layer cloth mask coverings and a three-ply surgical mask. Based on their tests, the researchers said homemade masks should contain multiple layers. Another way to improve a cloth mask is to select one with a pocket that can hold a filter.
911 call paints chaotic picture after man was stabbed over mask dispute in Eaton County
EATON COUNTY, Mich. – Local 4 Defenders obtained a recording of the 911 call that led to a deadly confrontation Tuesday in the Lansing area between a sheriff’s deputy and a man armed with a knife. The armed man is accused of stabbing a customer at a Quality Dairy store in Dimondale during an argument over wearing a mask. “A customer just stabbed another customer over a mask and then took off out of the parking lot,” the clerk told 911. Whitmer can’t understand violence ‘over wearing piece of cloth on your face’An Eaton County Sheriff’s deputy found Ruis and initiate a traffic stop. The clerk told dispatch the man was stabbed in the neck repeatedly.
Walmart, Sams Club to require masks in stores amid COVID-19 pandemic
Gretchen Whitmers recent Executive Order requires face masks in public places. Executive Order 2020-147 said that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. Retailers like Walmart have a lot of influence on customers across the country as we deal with safety precautions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: Michigan businesses required to enforce new mask mandateWalmart and Sams Club are requiring customers to wear masks. The rule goes into effect on Monday at 5,000 Walmart and Sams Club locations nationwide.
This letter brought a Publix employee to tears -- the happy kind
“I told him smiling is a part of our uniform and I want to make my customers happy in these hard times. And we have deaf customers. “All other customers are so happy to see my smile and (they’re) giving so many compliments.”Now, back to the letter. As happy as Knowles felt being able to better communicate with customers, it had nothing on what Travers wrote on her behalf to Publix management. Asli texted, ‘I like to smile and I think this pandemic is making everyone upset and I want to make customers happy with my smile.
How to avoid breakouts from wearing a mask
DETROIT Some people are reporting having skin issues that could be linked to the frequent use of masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical experts all agree wearing a mask is critically important, but wearing a mask -- especially the same one over and over -- can create skin issues. The best advice is to clean your mask. If you cant do that regularly, wear a disposable mask and see your doctor if your skin issue becomes a real problem. You can watch Hank Winchesters full story in the video posted above.
American booking full flights next week; Big Lots still busy
Travelers wear mask as they wait at the American Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Chicago. Beginning June 16 at American Airlines and June 18 at United Airlines, all passengers and crew members will be required to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
How to improve your mask breath
Most of us have accepted the fact that some form of face coverings will be around for the foreseeable future. But have you noticed your breath doesnt smell that fresh behind your mask? Hes our medical expert and an emergency room doctor, and hell explain exactly whats to blame. Hell show you how to make it much better so you can tolerate those times when you need to wear your mask. Watch his report tomorrow (Wednesday, June 24) on Local 4 News Today at 6 a.m.