Texas judge finds national eviction ban unconstitutional
Nurses display a 'Stay Home' sign on their vehicle during a car caravan of nurses calling for people to remain home amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge in Texas ruled on Thursday evening that the national ban on evictions that's been in place since September is unconstitutional. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national eviction moratorium was first announced under former President Donald Trump in September 2020. Advocates of the ban quickly slammed the ruling, and feared it would trigger a flood of eviction filings. The winter storms that have led to massive power outages across Texas will only worsen the situation, they say.cnbc.com
University of Michigan students asked to stay home to curb virus spread
YPSILANTI, Mich. – University of Michigan students who live on or near campus are being asked to “stay in place” as the coronavirus -- particularly a new, more contagious strain -- continues to spread throughout the region. Students are asked to stay inside their residences between Jan. 27 and Feb. 7 to help curb the spread of the virus. Michigan health officials say that while the variant does appear to spread more easily, it doesn’t appear to cause more severe disease. Rob Ernst, executive director of the University Health Service at U-M. “We encourage all students to stay in place and only leave their residence for essential activities, including getting tested weekly for COVID-19.”The county’s recommendation is directed at all University of Michigan students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Local coronavirus updates can be found on the Washtenaw County Health Department’s website here.
Ontario to go on province-wide shutdown Dec. 26
(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)TORONTO, ONT – Ontario on Monday announced a province-wide shutdown because of a second wave of COVID-19 in Canada’s most populous province. The lockdown will be put in place for southern Ontario from Dec. 26 until Jan. 23, but will lift for northern Ontario on Jan. 9. All high schools in Ontario will now be closed for in-person learning until Jan. 25. Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, said Ontario is in a very challenging and precarious situation. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the delay until Dec. 26 will allow businesses outside the current lockdown zones to get ready for it.
Some kids are gaining weight during pandemic: Here’s why
Some kids may not be getting the physical activity they would have gotten before the pandemic. Here we take a closer look at what experts have to say about this trend, and how to stop it. Watch the video above. More: Wellness Wednesday health stories
14 changes going into effect today under Michigan’s new COVID-19 restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have implemented a new series of stricter COVID-19 regulations that will go into effect today. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Sunday that the new restrictions will be in effect from Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8. Whitmer had previously been issuing restrictions without the approval of the Republican-led Legislature, but now the orders fall to MDHHS. During her Thursday press briefing, Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khladun, chief medical executive of MDHHS, painted a harrowing picture of Michigan’s current COVID-19 situation. Hospital leaders concernedEarlier Thursday morning, leaders from Michigan’s major hospital systems came together for a virtual discussion about their concerns.
Michigan bars, restaurants to close for indoor dining again
The group that represents Michigan restaurants called the decision to shut down indoor dining “disappointing.”READ: MDHHS announces stricter COVID-19 rules for Michigan restaurants, high schools, colleges, remote workingThe new restrictions are slightly familiar territory for Michigan restaurant owners who have had to change the flow of their business to stay open, but they’re not exactly looking forward to them being in place yet once again. “I am very worried," said Jeff Baldwin. “We’re very well equipped now,” Gabriella Baldwin said. Both Jeff Baldwin and Gabriella Baldwin said they’re mainly concerned about their employees and if they’ll be able to keep them employed. No stimulus now," Jeff Baldwin said.
In-person learning suspended at Michigan high schools, colleges
Shortly after Sunday’s announcement that universities, colleges and high schools will go with fully remote learning, the Northville Public Schools district announced it will comply. READ: MDHHS announces stricter COVID-19 rules for Michigan restaurants, high schools, colleges, remote workingHigh schools and colleges will be closed for the next three weeks. As the 2020-21 school year has gone on, state health officials have pointed to high schools as major areas of concern. “Of the 200 outbreaks that we are currently investigating, 49% of them are associated with high schools,” Khaldun said. I think that’s one thing that’s going to be difficult on a college campus is simply is how it’s going to be different.
Michigan faces 3-week shutdown impacting schools, restaurants and more
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have announced stricter COVID-19 regulations that present large challenges for families and business owners. READ: MDHHS announces stricter COVID-19 rules for Michigan restaurants, high schools, colleges, remote workingWhy take these serious steps? “A leading model shows that if we don’t take aggressive action right now, we could soon see 1,000 deaths per week here in Michigan,” Whitmer said. “Getting this health crisis under control is absolutely essential to getting our economic crisis under control,” Whitmer said. “If our public isn’t healthy, our economy isn’t healthy.”State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey released a statement that reads, in part:“We are disappointed that Gov.
MDHHS announces stricter COVID-19 rules for Michigan restaurants, high schools, colleges, remote working
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have announced stricter COVID-19 regulations involving restaurants, bars, high schools, colleges, in-person working and more. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the restrictions Sunday evening, and Michigan Gov. On Saturday, Michigan reported 7,072 new COVID-19 cases and 65 additional deaths, bringing the state totals up to 251,813 cases and 7,994 deaths since the start of the pandemic. “Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. The health care system can capsize if you don’t keep it under control.”They all weighed in on whether stricter government COVID-19 rules were inevitable as cases spike in Michigan.
17 things that are still allowed during Michigan’s three-week COVID-19 pause
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials specified 17 segments of the state that will remain open during the three-week pause that includes many new restrictions due to COVID-19. Here are 17 segments of the state that will still be allowed:Indoor gatherings between two households and with no more than 10 people. During her Thursday press briefing, Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khladun, chief medical executive of MDHHS, painted a harrowing picture of Michigan’s current COVID-19 situation. Hospital leaders concernedEarlier Thursday morning, leaders from Michigan’s major hospital systems came together for a virtual discussion about their concerns. He and other state health care leaders are concerned about what’s ahead for hospitals if the trends don’t reverse.
Here are 14 changes going into effect under Michigan’s new COVID-19 restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have implemented a new series of stricter COVID-19 regulations that will go into effect this week. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Sunday that the new restrictions will be in effect from Wednesday (Nov. 18) through Dec. 8. Whitmer had previously been issuing restrictions without the approval of the Republican-led Legislature, but now the orders fall to MDHHS. During her Thursday press briefing, Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khladun, chief medical executive of MDHHS, painted a harrowing picture of Michigan’s current COVID-19 situation. Hospital leaders concernedEarlier Thursday morning, leaders from Michigan’s major hospital systems came together for a virtual discussion about their concerns.
Oregon orders two-week 'freeze' across state amid 'alarming spike' in Covid cases and hospitalizations
Kate Brown on Friday announced a "two-week freeze" on most activities and nonessential business across the state to curb what she described as an "alarming spike" in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. "One week ago, I announced a two-week pause on social activities to slow the spread of Covid-19 in several of our counties across the state," Brown said. "Unfortunately, since then, we've seen an alarming spike in both cases and Covid-19 hospitalizations." As the virus resurges this fall, state and city officials have taken more targeted action to address the rise in cases and hospitalizations. Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon state epidemiologist, said Covid-19 hospitalizations are up 50% in the past week and 100% over the past month.cnbc.com
Daily Picks for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families At Home: Aug. 10-14
We've got a list of daily picks for your family to try while under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Monday, August 10At-home activitiesPhoto from Walt Disney AnimationParticipate in our summer scavenger hunt: Each Monday we post a list of fun things to find. Each Monday we post a list of fun things to find. Try letterboxing: Play the ultimate game of hide-and-seek at these local spots. Weekend picks: August 15-16Looking for fun things to do with your kids this weekend?metroparent.com
Livonia reopens school playgrounds, Dog Park after Michigan stay home order lifted
LIVONIA, Mich. – The city of Livonia is reopening its school playgrounds starting Tuesday, a day after the Michigan governor lifted the state’s stay-at-home order. The playgrounds and track and field areas at Livonia Public Schools have been closed for two months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the region. The city of Livonia alone has seen more than 800 COVID-19 cases and 155 deaths related to the virus. Thanks so much for your patience while our school playgrounds and tracks were temporarily closed during the governor's stay-at-home order. — Livonia Schools (@LivoniaDistrict) June 2, 2020The city also announced it will open the Dog Park at Bicentennial Park on Tuesday.
Daily Picks for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families At Home: May 4-8
We've got a list of daily picks for your family to try while under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Try chocolate bread and butter pudding: This recipe from Zingermans Cornman Farms puts a decadent twist on the British treat. Watch Tangled: And then try some fun at-home activities inspired by the hit flick. Check out the Metro Parent calendar: Its full of virtual events to help you plan next week! Looking for fun things to do with your kids this weekend?metroparent.com
Court: 'Stay Home' order doesn't infringe on rights
The Michigan Court of Claims ruled that the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order did not infringe upon the constitutional rights of Michiganders. LANSING The Michigan Court of Claims sided with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and denied a motion for preliminary injunction holding that the current Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, and earlier versions of it, did not infringe upon the constitutional rights of Michigan residents. alleged that the mandatory quarantine imposed by the Stay Home, Stay Safe order (EO 2020-59) and the intrastate travel restrictions contained in an earlier version of the order (EO 2020-42) violate their rights to both procedural due process and substantive due process. The primary goal of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order has always been to protect human life.Click here to view a copy of the courts decision.monroenews.com
Data: Michigan residents ardent social distancers in April
The researchers put together a “social distancing index,” which they define as an integer from 0~100 that represents the extent residents and visitors are practicing social distancing. By this method, Michigan has received a social distancing index of 63 between April 1 and April 24. On April 5, Michiganders peaked at a social distancing index of 74 with 44 percent of residents staying home. Furthermore, Wayne County has received a social distancing index of 70, Oakland County 74, and Macomb County 71. New York County, in New York, had the highest social distancing index of 84 between April 1 and April 24.
Revised Michigan order allows golfing, boating while maintaining social distancing
A revision to Michigan’s stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic now allows residents to leave homes to go boating or golfing. Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” reads a statement from Whitmer. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. People won’t have to wear face coverings when they’re taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing.
Sheppard calls for regional reopening of economy
The Republicans in Michigan's House of Representatives have presented an outline of suggestions on restarting business and the economy as residents adjust to new routines. The Republicans in Michigan's House of Representatives have presented an outline of suggestions on restarting Michigan's business and the economy as state residents adjust to new routines. As those discussions continued, state Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, said Monday that he supports what was described as a "regional, safety-focused approach." This was in response to the House Republicans presenting their plan for a "rolling start" with stages based on known cases in a given community. Moving forward, its time for her to stop using a one- size-fits-all approach, and start taking a regional, risk-based approach.monroenews.com
New poll shows how Michiganders feel about coronavirus measures, economy, Whitmer approval
DETROIT – A new poll released by the Detroit Regional Chamber shows how Michiganders feel about the ongoing coronavirus crisis. President Trump COVID-19 Approval at 44%Respondents disapprove of President Trump’s handling of COVID-19 (Approve 44% to Disapprove 50%)Republicans approve of his handling by a margin of 88% to 9%. Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Approval at 57%Respondents approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19: (Approval: 57% to Disapproval: 37%)Democrats approve of her handling by a margin of 89% to 8%. Poll results report 29% of respondents furloughed, laid off, or unable to work.
Daily Picks for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families At Home: April 13-17
We've got a list of daily picks for your family to try while under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. : And then try some fun activities based on the themes in the movie. Make mini lightsabers: Who doesnt love a little Star Wars science fun? Plus, who doesnt love spending time in the kitchen together? Plus, who doesnt love spending time in the kitchen together?metroparent.com
Sterling State Park - and most DNR parks - remain open
A vast majority of state parks and recreation areas, state-managed trails and boating access sites remain open to provide local opportunities to get outdoors; however, all locations have modified services and/ or closed amenities. Throughout the stay-at-home order, weve seen an influx of visitors at state parks, boating access sites and trails, said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. If concerns continue to build, the DNR will have to look at closing or further limiting access to our state-designated trails, state parks, boating access sites and other outdoor locations, he said. Local onlyMotorized and nonmotorized trails are open for local visitors only. This falls in line with state park and recreation area campgrounds and state forest campgrounds that are also closed until further notice.monroenews.com
Monroe Community Mental Health Authority shares coping tips
The result has been widespread bouts of cabin fever and twiddling of thumbs, but also more serious feelings of loneliness, isolation and fear, especially among Michiganders with preexisting mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, area mental health professionals allege. This is a difficult time, a lonely time, for people, said Lisa Jennings, executive director of Monroe Community Mental Health Authority (MCMHA). While everyone differently in stressful situations, the CDC states that those who may react more strongly include: people with mental health conditions or substance abuse issues, older people with chronic diseases and children and teens. Those with preexisting health conditions are asked to continue with treatment as usual, but should be aware of new or worsening symptoms, according to the CDC. Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency requiring crisis stabilization or psychiatric hospitalization is encouraged to call the 24- hour MCMHA Crisis Help Line also at 734-243-7340.monroenews.com
Caitlin Taylor: Life when your office 'coworker' is a pet
This is what our pets having been dreaming about," Caitlin says in a special feature column. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the state to shelter in place with the recent Stay Home, Stay Safe initiative, I rarely leave the house, much like most county residents. This is what our pets having been dreaming about. I know Im not the only one who has transformed their pet into makeshift coworkers. Both 7-day and digital only plans include the PDF edition of our daily newspaper along with all website content.monroenews.com
Stuck at home - but not bored
Monroe County residents are finding ways to stay connected, be entertained, despite a "Stay Home" order in Michigan. She is actually really active out in the community, she travels and does home nursing and home care. Fortunately, Horkey found a creative way to keep herself busy and connected to her extended family. Borrowing an old lesson from her teaching days, she spent last week writing a book about her childhood memories. Both 7-day and digital only plans include the PDF edition of our daily newspaper along with all website content.monroenews.com
State of Michigan sends 'stay home' alert via phones
The emergency alert blast via cell phone networks was sent around 8:20 p.m. Monday night. The State of Michigan used the cell phone network Monday evening to send a public emergency alert about the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order that took effect today. Later in the evening, the State of Michigan Emergency Operations Center posted a press release at michigan.gov regarding the message. Here's the text of that announcement:Statewide Emergency Alert Issued for Stay Home, Stay Safe OrderThe State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) today issued an emergency alert to advise Michigan residents of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order (EO 2020-21), signed by Gov. In addition, IPAWS issues the alert through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).monroenews.com
Coronavirus social distancing, ‘stay home’ measures will take weeks to show results
Cases are continuing to rise in Michigan and in states around the U.S., but that doesn’t mean distancing measures aren’t working. The positive tests we’re seeing right now were most likely contracted before serious distancing measures were put in place. This is called “flattening the curve.”But it could be multiple weeks before governments can definitively know if distancing measures are working or not. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.”Why can’t we just isolate patients? “But we don’t know, technically, where they are.
Whitmer Signs 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' Executive Order
Gretchen Whitmer has issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe," executive order. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe," executive order. Video news recap of situation:Here is the executive order, issued at 11 a.m. today. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21.monroenews.com