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Gov. Whitmer lifts stay-home order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted her shelter-in-place order for the state of Michigan.

Japanese pharmaceutical company acquires local drug developer for $500M

A Grand Rapids-based drug company signed an agreement to be acquired by a Japanese pharmaceutical company, including the rights to a drug in development for treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Metro Health doctor: COVID not going away

Metro Health delivered on a tall order after COVID-19 laid bare inefficiencies in the state and national health care systems, but with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order set to lift June 12, the local health care system warns Michigan is not out of the woods yet.

Salons assemble their game plans

Everyone wants a haircut, but at what cost?

Pandemic can’t stop new cannabis business

While most locally owned businesses have an established presence in Grand Rapids and are known among residents, Casey Kornoelje has not been so fortunate.

Lakeshore county to Whitmer: Stop stay-home order June 12

GRAND HAVEN — Leaders in a West Michigan county are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to end her stay-home order on June 12, saying a recent extension because of the coronavirus was "deflating" and "demoralizing" after much planning.

Campaign works to get masks to Muskegon County residents

Multiple community organizations are teaming up to get masks to Muskegon County residents and emphasize the continued need for the public to take protective measures to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

CVS opens COVID-19 testing site

CVS Health announced it opened a new COVID-19 test site in Grand Rapids on Friday at the CVS Pharmacy drive-thru location at 1550 Lake Drive SE.

Blue Cross sees 72% increase in telehealth use in four weeks

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and physician organizations representing thousands of Michigan doctors worked collaboratively to launch and expand telehealth services in a compressed timeframe.

Spectrum Health expands mobile mammogram service

Spectrum Health aims to provide mammograms in the era of COVID-19 in the safest way possible.

Metro Health video series aims to educate on COVID-19 health inequities

Race, gender, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation are common factors that determine risk in a health crisis, according to Metro Health, and COVID-19 is no exception.

Pine Rest offers virtual urgent care

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Psychiatric Urgent Care Center is now offering telehealth assessments as an option.

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.