Coronavirus in Michigan

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that Michigan should brace for a difficult December and January after Thanksgiving gatherings likely exposed more people to COVID-19.

Whitmer also said decisions made now by people to attend holiday gatherings could lead to a rash of infections as people grow weary of restrictions, and people gain confidence because it appears vaccines could become available early next year." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

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Hope.

A word that's been in short supply in Michigan hospitals recently.

But now, just maybe, there's a sign of it.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan declined slightly on Thursday, dropping to 3,793 adults with confirmed cases of the disease. The number is still below the peak number last seen in Michigan in the spring. But it represents a brief, welcome respite after a steep rise in cases that started in October.

More Americans stayed home for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year — but by relatively small margins.

An NPR analysis of mobile phone location data showed that 42% of Americans with smartphones remained home, up from 36% last year.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Federal Judge Rejects Restaurants Challenge To Michigan's Ban On Indoor Dining

Dec 2, 2020
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A federal judge has rejected the restaurant industry legal challenge to Michigan’s temporary ban on indoor dining.

In his ruling released Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney wrote there is “a plausible explanation for the emergency order: Restaurant patrons cannot wear a mask while eating or drinking.”

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War Memorial Hospital in the Upper Peninsula has seen its COVID-19 cases decline in the last week.

Officials are still waiting to see how Holiday gatherings might impact them.

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Michigan doctors are calling on restaurants to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after a letter circulated last week urging restaurants to defy state health orders.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that it’s becoming more difficult to get people to follow mask, distance, and gathering guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s as her top health advisor warned that a new wave of infections is likely following Thanksgiving gatherings.

Leaders of the Michigan Senate have not responded to a letter about COVID-19 health rules enforcement from Ingham County’s top health official.


Health care workers are expected to be first in line to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available.

It makes sense: Getting a safe, effective vaccine would help keep them and their patients healthy. Seeing doctors, nurses and medical aides getting COVID-19 vaccines would also set an example for the community.

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