Coronavirus in West Michigan: On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
MI Will Ease COVID Restrictions on Restaurants Beginning March 5
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon that COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants will be eased beginning on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Forest Hills Central High Switching to Remote Learning Feb. 8 Due to COVID Cases
Forest Hills Central High School students will be doing their learning remotely for an unspecified amount of time beginning Monday, February 8, 2021.
DeVos Place Vaccine Clinic Requests Volunteers From the Community
The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place, which is operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, is seeking community volunteers in non-clinical roles to support the clinic.
U of M Students Asked to Stay in Place Until February 7
The recommendation comes after cases of COVID-19 have started spreading quickly amongst the university community. That includes 14 cases of the new B.1.1.7 variant, which is believed to be approximately 50 percent more transmissible.
Dave Chappelle Tests Positive For Covid-19, Cancels Shows
Chappelle was performing in Austin, Texas.
Gov. Whitmer Urges All K-12 Schools to Begin Offering In-Person Learning by March 1
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a briefing Friday in which she strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in the state offer the option for in-person learning by March 1 and earlier than that if possible.
2021 Tokyo Olympics Will Go Ahead Despite COVID-19 Concerns
New information concerning quarantine and bills have been revealed.
Your $600 Stimulus Check Could Arrive In Your Account Tonight
The United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the $600 stimulus payments that Congress passed could begin as early as tonight.