Official says defiant Michigan barbershop is health threat

DETROIT — A barbershop that refused to remain closed in compliance with Michigan's coronavirus restrictions poses an "imminent threat" to public health, the state's chief medical officer testified Wednesday.

Physical rehab center announces new location

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy LP announced plans to open its newest clinic Monday.

GHSP launching COVID-19 UV-C disinfecting tech (update)

A West Michigan technology manufacturer is launching a new line of UV-C treatment lights for disinfecting emergency service vehicles.

COVID-19 patients under 100 at Detroit-area hospital system

DETROIT — A Detroit-area hospital network has less than 100 COVID-19 patients for the first time in more than two months.

Right Place assists medical device packaging company

Packaging Compliance Labs is expanding its current operations in Kentwood.

Gov. Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Spectrum Health begins antibody testing

Spectrum Health is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public.

Big Lake celebrates health care heroes with tribute beer

Holland-based Big Lake Brewing released Healthcare Heroes, a beer brewed in tribute to those working in the medical field during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so.

VAI study finds new biomarker could identify tumors sensitive to diabetes drug

A study led by Van Andel Institute’s Dr. Russell Jones recently identified a new biomarker that could help scientists pinpoint which cancers are vulnerable to treatment with biguanides.

Axios HR launches Workplace Health Screening service

The staffing division of a local human resources firm is providing screenings for COVID-19 in the workplace.

Some Michigan districts making tentative summer school plans

DETROIT — Summer school remains up in the air for kindergarten through 12th graders across Michigan, but some districts are making tentative plans for sessions that take into account protections against the COVID-19 virus.

Priority Health works to lower costs

Priority Health announced plans to provide financial support to members and employers facing challenges amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kent County, partners launch program to get back to work safely

A collaboration of leaders from Kent County, Meijer, Michigan State University and the city of Grand Rapids developed a plan to stage and capture employee health check screening information at hundreds of sites across the county.

Colleges strengthen virtual presence

Touring college campuses and attending open houses usually are among the deciding factors in where students will choose to continue their educational journey.

Entrepreneurs create ear-saving inventions

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Wearing a face mask all day can be a pain in the ears.

Pine Rest: COVID-19 will have lasting impact on mental health

Michigan is expected to experience a spike in mental health issues even after COVID-19 dies down.

Furniture dealer leans into the future of work

Knowing life won’t just resume “business as usual” after the economy reopens, a local furniture dealer is working to help companies shift their floor plans and/or provide remote workers with home office furnishings.

Calvin University aims to open in fall with COVID-19 testing

Calvin University is partnering with Helix Diagnostics in planning for in-person classes this fall.

Spectrum Health launches employer toolkit

Spectrum Health is offering guidance to southwest and West Michigan businesses as they adapt to operating in a new environment with the COVID-19 pandemic.