NowKalamazoo original story “This is our second wave”

And it’s bigger than the first, Kalamazoo County’s epidemiologist says. But we can still turn it around.

NowKalamazoo original story Q&A: Kalamazoo County Epidemiologist Mary Franks

The county health department’s COVID expert rings the alarm of a worsening pandemic while providing solutions for turning it around.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer and a sign language interpreter

October 22, 2020

Governor Whitmer called it a “dangerous moment” as new infection rates climb higher than ever before.

October 22, 2020

Infection rates continue to set record highs. Deaths and hospitalizations continue to climb. WMU passes 700 cases.

a woman sits with a man in full protective gear

October 22, 2020

Michigan health officials issued an emergency order Wednesday that will permit nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to allow indoor visits. Visitations have been largely forbidden during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the potential to infect people who are already at high risk for the illness. In September, Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed outdoor visits […]

The state House chamber in Lansing.

October 21, 2020

The plan would allow counties to opt-out of COVID mandates if they meet certain benchmarks.

a chart showing Michigan's unemployment numbers

October 21, 2020

The bill extends unemployment benefits to 26 weeks, but also makes qualifying more difficult.

October 21, 2020

The state’s daily average is now higher than ever. The positivity rate dips back down, but hospitalizations continue to increase. Kalamazoo passes 100 deaths from the virus.

a boy in a face mask sits at a school desk and glares at the camera

October 20, 2020

There were 27 new outbreaks at K-12 schools and colleges increasing Michigan’s total to 120.

a person in a mask and protective gear sticks a cotton swab up a man's nose to test for COVID-19

October 20, 2020

The 77 new sites expand the scope of no-cost COVID testing even for people without symptoms.

October 20, 2020

Average of new infections is almost the highest it’s ever been. Positivity rate and hospitalization numbers are climbing.

sign marking Western Michigan University's main campus

October 20, 2020

Freshman enrollment has dropped 8% at the state’s public universities and 8-10% at community colleges.