Coronavirus in Michigan

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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11:29 a.m. Fri. 03/05/21

Starting Friday, March 5, fifteen people can gather outdoors in parts of East Lansing, including the downtown.

This week, health care providers began administering the first doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. — the third vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

That's welcome news in a country that still faces high levels of circulating virus in most regions, and a demand for vaccine that still far outstrips supply.

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Courtesy photo / Footprints of Michigan COVID Memorial project

A memorial for Michiganders who have died from COVID-19 is going up today at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lansing Mall.

Michigan Legislature Passes $4.2B In Virus Aid Without Deal

Mar 4, 2021
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Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday approved a $4.2 billion coronavirus relief plan without a deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as majority Republicans pressed to curtail her administration’s pandemic powers and Democrats opposed a decision to not allocate all federal aid immediately.

Michigan Expands Vaccine Eligibility To Those Age 50 And Up

Mar 3, 2021
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Michigan announced Wednesday that all people age 50 to 64 can start getting COVID-19 vaccinations on March 22, while those in that group with medical conditions can begin being immunized next week.

Ingham County’s top health official supports the announcement Tuesday that indoor capacity at restaurants will be raised from 25-percent to 50-percent.

Whitmer: Michigan Will Loosen Capacity Limits For Businesses

Mar 2, 2021
Courtesy / Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the further loosening of Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions, easing capacity limits in restaurants and a host of other businesses while also allowing for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings.

The revised state health department order will take effect Friday and last through April 19.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer had an online meeting Monday with Black business leaders. She asked for help getting the Legislature to adopt her budget plans – including COVID-19 response funding.

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The Republican-controlled state Senate adopted a COVID-19 budget bill Thursday over the objections of Democrats. The GOP bill holds back some federal funds that could be used to bargain with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over COVID restrictions.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that many of the state’s COVID-19 data trends are moving in the right direction, and that more restrictions on nursing home visits could be lifted soon.