COVID-19

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.

Freddy Garzy memorial photo
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.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern on Wednesday about the recent climb in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, warning that pandemic fatigue and the loosening of restrictions may be setting the stage for yet another surge this spring.

Michigan Expands Vaccine Eligibility To Those Age 50 And Up

Mar 3, 2021
Vaccine photo
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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.

Concern about new coronavirus variants has grown quickly in recent months.

First, scientists in the United Kingdom spotted a more contagious coronavirus strain that spread like wildfire through the London area. Then, researchers in South Africa spotted one that appears to evade the immune system. Next, another variant was flagged in Brazil because it looked like it could infect people who had already been infected once before.

President Biden said on Tuesday that the U.S. will produce enough vaccines for every adult in the U.S. by the end of May, while making a fresh push to vaccinate school staff over the next month.

"We're now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May," Biden said, crediting his administration's efforts to boost production and moving up the timeline from the end of July, which is what the president was saying just a few weeks ago.

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.

Michigan Capitol Building
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NEXT: Tue. Mar. 2 at 2:00pm |  WATCH HERE
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

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