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Michigan nursing homes ordered to offer on-site booster shot

LANSING — Michigan’s health director on Thursday ordered nursing homes to offer on-site booster shots to residents who are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine in a state that lags others in vaccinating people in long-term care facilities.

Kent County hosting weekend vaccine clinic

A community vaccine clinic offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters will be held this Saturday.

Kentwood district court implements check-in kiosk

The 62-B District Court of Kentwood now is offering an option to provide more convenient access to court services while maintaining public safety during the pandemic.

Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

GRAND HAVEN — Jury trials have been paused in some West Michigan counties due to a surge in coronavirus cases, court officials said Monday.

Grand Rapids names new deputy city manager

City Manager Mark Washington earlier this month named Kate Berens as deputy city manager. She will begin her new role Wednesday, March 9.

Michigan auditors report 2,400 more long-term care deaths

LANSING — Michigan auditors found nearly 2,400 additional COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities over an 18-month period, at places that report coronavirus deaths to the state and homes that do not.

KCHD providing free radon testing

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is providing free radon test kits for National Radon Action Month. 

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.

Whitmer administration disputes pending report on nursing home deaths

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration disputed the methodology and conclusions in a pending report that is expected to say there were nearly 30% more coronavirus-related deaths tied to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Michigan than reported by the state health department.

Kent County DPW opens new administration building

The construction of Kent County Department of Public Works’ (DPW) new $3.5 million administration building is complete.

Year later, Flint water criminal cases move slowly in court

FLINT — A year after unprecedented charges against a former Michigan governor, the Flint water prosecution of Rick Snyder and eight others is moving slowly, bogged down by disputes over millions of documents and even whether some cases were filed in the proper court.

Casino supports K-9 training

Gun Lake Casino said it recently donated $4,000 to support the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department K-9 training.

Michigan gets initial small shipment of COVID-19 pills

LANSING — Michigan has received an initial, small federal shipment of COVID-19 pills that can be taken at home, state health officials said Friday.

MEDC CEO applauds SOAR legislation

The current head of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said the bipartisan $1.5 billion Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) package will help secure transformational projects and long-term economic opportunity throughout the state.

Interest in hunting, fishing licenses remains high

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The pandemic forced people to rethink how they would protect their health and well-being in 2021, and one of the ways they did so was by retreating to the outdoors. 

Medical labs navigate COVID rules

West Michigan medical labs have been offering opportunities for businesses to implement strategies and have systems in place to protect their employees from the COVID-19 virus and avoid any potential upheavals of normal business operations.

Program helps companies expand export strategies

Michigan’s manufacturing and technology executives have a little time left to apply for a virtual, 13-week program to help accelerate their export strategies in 2022.

House, Senate lawmakers push for early parole reform

LANSING — Michigan prison policy fails to consider good behavior and rehabilitation when it comes to parole, some advocates say.

COVID variant a ‘juggernaut;’ federal team stays at Beaumont

SOUTHFIELD — A medical team from the U.S. Department of Defense is extending its stay at Beaumont Health in southeastern Michigan, which has been overwhelmed with patients sick with COVID-19, especially people who are not vaccinated.

Whitmer’s COVID-19 lab test comes back negative

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 lab test came back negative Wednesday, a day after her husband, Marc Mallory, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Federal support team arrives at Mercy Health Muskegon

A team of 15 U.S. Air Force clinicians arrived at Mercy Health Muskegon to support local health care workers who continue to grapple with rising COVID-19 rates in Michigan.

Whitmer isolating after husband tests positive for COVID-19

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was isolating from her husband, Marc Mallory, in their home Tuesday after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Kent County board names 2022 leadership

Two new board members were appointed at a Jan. 3 Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Some schools expecting virus surge go online, cancel classes

SOUTHFIELD — The continued rise in coronavirus cases across Michigan and an expected surge following Christmas and the New Year has extended the holiday break for some students.

Michigan health agency won’t mirror new isolation guidance

LANSING — Michigan’s health department, for now, will not mirror new recommendations from U.S. officials reducing isolation restrictions for people infected with the coronavirus from 10 days to five.