Michigan Radio
WUOMFM
a person holds a vaccine vial
Adobe Stock

State reaches vaccination benchmark, clearing way for return to offices as early as end of May

Michigan has reached a COVID-19 vaccination benchmark that will soon let people go back to work in the office in person.

Read More
blank vaccine registration cards sitting on a table
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Today, on Stateside, we discuss the legality of requiring employees to get a vaccine. Plus, a doctor in training writes about her time at a Detroit hospital during the early months of the pandemic.

[Get Stateside on your phone: subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts today.]

bottles of vaccination sitting in a box on a table
Canva

Michigan doctors and public health officials are encouraging parents to protect their 12-15 year old children with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

The vaccine was authorized for emergency use in this age group earlier this week by the Food and Drug Administration, and it was endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

covid vaccine card or immunization card
Marco Verch / bit.ly/1xMszCg

The Michigan House Overnight Committee met on Thursday morning to discuss a bill that would ban the state government's use of a vaccine passport. This follows last Thursday's hearing, wherein some speakers promoted conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Committee Chair Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) presented changes to House Bill 4667 today, including exempting the CDC immunization card from the definition of passport.

elderly person in wheelchair holding hands with another person
Adobe Stock

A state Senate committee issued a subpoena Thursday to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It requires the department to share tens of thousands of documents related to the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and other congregate care facilities.

More than 5,000 people in those facilities have died from COVID. That's just a little less than a third of Michigan's total COVID deaths.

Adobe Stock

This week Michigan passed the first of the COVID-19 vaccination benchmarks set by the Whitmer administration. Now that 55% of eligible Michiganders have had at least one shot, the state will lift in-person workplace restrictions on May 24.

And, the company that operates the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac is rejecting Whitmer's demand to shut it down. Whitmer set a deadline of yesterday, but Enbridge Energy says only the federal government has authority to order a shutdown.

Telephone
user mconnors / morgueFile

Operators of domestic abuse hotlines across the state say more women are calling them in crisis, as pandemic stress has led to more violence at home.

Eric Stiles, a program director with the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, says they’ve documented an increase in survivors of abuse who have called their statewide hotline in 2021, compared to last year.

The head of a major hospital in Windsor, Ontario wants Michigan to give up some of its surplus COVID-19 vaccines.

David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, has submitted an emergency application to Health Canada’s special access program. Health Canada is the country’s equivalent of the U.S Food and Drug Administration, and the program allows Canada to procure life-saving drugs abroad if they’re in short supply there.

crowds at Ann Arbor Art Fair
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

There will be no Ann Arbor Art Fair for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

The directors of the three fairs that comprise the annual event held each July in Ann Arbor made the joint decision, saying they couldn’t find a way to make it happen under the State of Michigan’s pandemic restrictions.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

Today on Stateside, why one maker of PFAS chemicals is challenging Michigan’s protections for drinking water. Plus, an international standoff is brewing over Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline. And, two Beaver Island residents send out a radio program from the middle of Lake Michigan.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard fears a wave of civil lawsuits if qualified immunity was taken away.Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan RadioEdit | Remove

A group of top law enforcement officials in Southeast Michigan are coming out against a push in Congress to do away with “qualified immunity.”

“Qualified immunity” is a legal doctrine that shields government officials from being held personally liable for damages so long as the officials did not violate clearly established law.

The prospect of changes to the law is raising concerns among law enforcement officials, who fear a wave of civil lawsuits if “qualified immunity” protections are stripped away.  They predict the litigation could bankrupt local governments. 

Pages

Join us for our Be Heard webinar on annual planning!

Share with us: How are you getting through?

We want to hear from you. What’s getting you through this year? And what does that sound like?

The Latest: COVID-19

Photo by Marcin Jozwiak on Unsplash

Pediatricians: We need to bust these myths about kids and COVID vaccines

No, there’s no evidence COVID-19 vaccines can impact a teen girl’s fertility. And yes, actually, your kid can get really sick from COVID.

Read More

The Moth Mainstage