Michigan urges COVID vaccines, masks, testing; No omicron cases detected yet
The <a href="https://www.clickondetroit.com/topic/Omicron/" target="_blank">omicron</a> variant has not yet been detected in Michigan, but health officials are urging residents to take precautions in the form of vaccinations and other mitigation strategies.
Sunday Read: What to know about ‘Secure MI Vote’ petition drive
Despite several reports from government and election officials finding no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, Republican lawmakers and some voters are pushing for tighter voting laws across the U.S. -- including here in Michigan.
COVID testing, vaccine locations see rush ahead of Thanksgiving
With <a href="https://www.clickondetroit.com/topic/Thanksgiving/" target="_blank">Thanksgiving </a>just days away, the rush is on for a lot of folks to get tested for COVID and receive booster doses before traveling to spend the holiday with family.
Michigan reports 17,980 new COVID cases, 128 deaths -- average of 8,990 cases per day, near record
Michigan reported 17,980 new cases of COVID-19 and 128 virus-related deaths Friday -- an average of 8,990 cases over the past two days, nearly the highest daily case total we’ve recorded since the start of the pandemic.
Evidence growing on COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy: Virus is dangerous; the shots are not
Dr. Kurt Wharton, an Oakland County obstetrician, currently has four pregnant patients in intensive care units battling COVID-19. That means west Michigan women who get COVID during their pregnancy tend to end up in that office, he said. Last week, researchers at the University of Washington published a study looking at the health outcomes for 2,100 women who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy. Each woman affected by COVID-19 was compared with two uninfected pregnant women who gave birth during the same span in the same hospital. It’s important to note that most pregnant women who contract COVID-19 during pregnancy “do very well,” said Dr. Stacey Sensor, a Gaylord obstetrician.mlive.com
Extending office ban 6 months would be bad for Michigan, business leaders say
RELATED: Michigan fines state prison, hospital, 19 others for COVID-19 violationsBusiness leaders from the campaign say office spaces are some of the safest, low-risk environments. Remote work is helpful in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by reducing in-person contacts, said Sean Egan, director of Michigan COVID-19 workplace safety, in a statement. Per the rule, employers must require remote work if that work “can feasibly be completed remotely.”There’s no guidance about how “feasibly” is defined. Grand Rapids Chamber President and CEO Rick Baker questions “the authenticity of why it’s being created.” Other business leaders said it’s a little late to start the conversation. Michigan Chamber of CommerceGrand Rapids Area Chamber of CommerceTraverse ConnectLansing Regional Chamber of CommerceSaginaw County Chamber of CommerceBirmingham Bloomfield Chamber of CommerceBattle Creek Area Chamber of CommerceSouthern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.mlive.com