Michigan hospital reinstates visitor limits after cases rise

LANSING — A Detroit-area hospital said Wednesday it will reinstate visitor restrictions out of an abundance of caution following a rise in coronavirus cases among staff, patients and visitors.

Grand Rapids Police Department introduces strategic plan

The Grand Rapids Police Department released a draft of the department’s three-year plan to transform policing in the city.

Gov. Whitmer vetoes bill to expand immunity from medical lawsuits

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have given additional health providers and facilities legal protection from lawsuits in any state-declared emergency and have continued the immunity for longer during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Grand Rapids Chamber names Leadership Grand Rapids class

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce selected its 2021 cohort for Leadership Grand Rapids.

Michigan mask requirement extended to day cares and camps

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kent County Health Department launches community health survey

The Kent County Health Department, local health systems and other community partners are in the process of conducting the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment.

City hires planning firm to conduct feasibility study

Bergmann announced it was selected by the city of Grand Rapids to conduct a feasibility study and provide design concepts for the possible relocation of city operations from 201 Market Ave. SW to the Kent County Road Commission property at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW.

City officials host webinar on trauma

The city of Grand Rapids will host an online conversation on the impact of trauma on communities of color.

Kent County approves $2 million for PPE

The Kent County COVID Relief Subcommittee unanimously approved a new $2 million allocation to be used by Kent County schools for the purchase of approved PPE to assist schools in dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Whitmer tightens virus rules up north; Detroit casinos to reopen

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit's three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus.

City schedules considerations to improve public safety outcomes

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington announced a timeline for considering public safety improvements that might impact the city’s budget.

Small Business Restart Program offering $100M in grants

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Small businesses have until Aug. 5 to apply for a grant program that opened this month to assist with COVID-19 recovery.

Gov. Whitmer extends ban on visitors at nursing homes

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended a ban on family visitors at nursing homes and congregate care sites through Aug. 31.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks launches Green Team

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is tapping the help of youths in the community to help protect the urban tree canopy.

Lawmaker panel OKs budget cuts, ‘rainy day’ cash for $2B gap

LANSING — A panel of Michigan lawmakers approved proposals Wednesday to dip into state cash reserves and make budget cuts, part of a wider plan to address a $2.2 billion budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Grand Rapids company launches ballot tracker for mail-in voting

Grand Rapids-based mail service provider Kent Communications Inc. is the first company in Michigan to work with local election officials to add a new layer of integrity and accountability to the vote-by-mail process.

Grand Rapids expands mental health partnerships

The Grand Rapids Police Department is exploring options to improve mental health response.

JetCo Solutions launches program to help small businesses explore B2G sales

A local consulting firm is launching a six-month program and data report to help small businesses determine if government sales is a market they could tap.

Federal aid helps Michigan fill $2.2B hole; more sought

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state's savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid.