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Michigan Announces New Guidelines For Youth Sports As COVID-19 Cases Trend Upward

Mar 19, 2021
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is easing outdoor stadium capacity restrictions before baseball's Opening Day but ordering weekly testing of teen athletes amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that, for now, she does not plan to tighten COVID-19 restrictions — noting ongoing vaccinations while also citing concerns about variants that more easily spread. Under a revised health order that starts Monday, outdoor arenas — including the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park — can seat 20% of their capacity. Starting April 2, athletes ages 13 to 19 must participate in a weekly testing program.

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Today at 3 PM, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.  

You can watch it live here.

Michigan COVID-19 Cases Trending Up

Mar 18, 2021
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had the country’s fifth-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last week and is among 14 states where infections rose over the past two weeks. It's a trend state health officials say is potentially tied to the increasing prevalence of a more contagious coronavirus variant. One in every 602 people was diagnosed in the past week. Michigan had the country’s 10th-highest per-capita case rate over the last 14 days.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan expects to receive about 257,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines initially if the federal government authorizes them for emergency use this month, enough to immunize roughly 128,000 residents. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, says the priority remains frontline health care workers and people living and working in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a commission to raise awareness on the safety and effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines that get the green light.

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Thursday Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned of the consequences of the state staying on the trajectory it is currently on where COVID-19 cases are increasing exponentially.  She says hospitals are burning through PPE. She says that "if we don't get our act together" we'll hit a new daily peak of deaths at Christmas.

She says the current death rates in the U.S. are the equivalent of ten 737 planes crashing to the ground every single day or a 9/11 happening every three days. 

"You might survive, you might not, that's the scary thing about COVID-19," Whitmer said. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reporting more than 3,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the highest yet during the pandemic — amid what a top health official calls “alarming increases” in infections around the state. The 3,338 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services surpasses the state’s previous single-day record of 2,030 new cases set on Oct. 15. The state agency also reported Saturday 35 more deaths, raising Michigan’s pandemic toll to 7,182 deaths. Dr.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s chief health officer is warning that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals. The state says Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week. About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, says it's critical to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

NEW: Trump Declares Major Disaster In Michigan Amid Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020
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UPDATE (Posted March 28 at 1:30pm):

President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic.