Ingham County

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Ingham County's top health official says it's not yet time to relax indoor mask requirements.

Speaking at a media briefing Tuesday, Health Officer Linda Vail said other states in the country are in a different situation than Michigan.

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Starting Tuesday, May 4, Michigan State University is resuming its walk-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, faculty, and staff.

No appointment is necessary and walk-ins will be taken from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

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Michigan’s Attorney General says there is insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges against Lansing Police Department officers who restrained a man moments before he died.

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Ingham County has become the first in the state to ban hair-based discrimination. 

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday.

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WKAR is answering your questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines with Ingham County Health Officer, Linda Vail and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director, Elizabeth Hertel.

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With temperatures warming in recent days, county road commissions are beginning to enforce weight restrictions for commercial trucks on some roads.

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Ingham County officials are visiting jail inmates to help them register to vote on November 3. 


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A new policy in Ingham County will affect how prosecutors examine and charge people with resisting arrest.

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When the state began to reopen at the beginning of June, cases of COVID-19 began to creep back up with outbreaks linked to businesses and large gatherings.

One of those outbreaks is tied to popular East Lansing bar, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub. As of Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department has found over 170 total cases connected to the bar. 32 of them are secondary, meaning people who didn’t go to Harper’s themselves but got sick from someone who did.

The prevalence rate, or rate of COVID-19 modeled per 100,000 people, is three times higher for Black people and roughly four times higher for Asian people than White people in Lansing’s 48911 zipcode.
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As Michigan moves into its third month of the coronavirus pandemic, the curve in Ingham County is flattening. Now that testing is more widespread, officials are getting additional data that helps them understand the epidemic in their own communities, and plan for the next stages.

Health officials in Ingham County are casting a wider net of testing, and now they’re getting back data that shows COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Black and Asian people in the 48911 zip-code on the southside of Lansing.