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FILE- In this file photo provided by the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, left, speaks at a news conference as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer watches, May 26, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Michigan's health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Khaldun said is it concerning that so many children are behind, making them susceptible to preventable diseases. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Michigan wants kids caught up on vaccines after pandemic dip

Jul. 11, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. The state said the percentage of 5-month-olds fully up to date on all...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

FILE -This July 9, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor shows Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer on Friday, July 10, 2020, toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they cannot consistently keep 6 feet from non-household members, and while using public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle — with some exceptions. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Whitmer toughens mask mandate; businesses must deny service

Jul. 10, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that Michigan businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor also expanded where people must have a face covering...

Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans chairs in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices

Jul. 9, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. A growing chorus of public health experts is...

Trump declares disaster, releases money for flooded areas

Jul. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties swept by May floods and will provide more than $43 million to help in the recovery. Trump mentioned U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican who represents the Midland area, in his tweet...

This photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor shows Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, July 9, 2020. All Michigan health workers must receive

Gov: Health workers must get bias training; issues mask plea

Jul. 9, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health workers must receive “implicit bias” training tied to their professional licensure under a directive issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said the mandate will help address the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate and deadly impact on people...

Michigan AG to handle prosecutions from large lake party

Jul. 9, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on a southwestern Michigan lake in which hundreds of people ignored state orders to wear masks or socially distance. The Cass County Prosecutor’s...

Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes during pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly" unconstitutional. The legislation had won...

Michigan's daily virus cases top 600; highest since May

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up, plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 additional deaths....

Water shutoff protections extended by Michigan governor

Jul. 8, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protections to prevent water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic are being extended to the end of the year under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since March, 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored through a grant to help utilities reconnect...