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Stateside: COVID-19 variant at UM; homelessness increases in GR; UP vaccine doses stalled

Jan 26, 2021

With athletes testing positive for the new COVID variant, the University of Michigan has shut down sports for the time being.

Today on Stateside, how the new COVID variant, present on the University of Michigan campus, is affecting the school and what it could mean for the rest of the state And, shelters in Grand Rapids are seeing an increase in the demand for services as the economic fallout from COVID pushes people out of housing. Plus, how new guidelines for vaccine priority have cut off much of the supply of doses for the Upper Peninsula.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

New guidelines for vaccine distribution dramatically reduced supply for much of U.P.

  • Kerry Ott is the public information officer for the LMAS District Health Department, which serves Luce, Mackinac, Alger, and Schoolcraft Counties.

What we know about the new COVID-19 variant in Michigan

  • Kate Wells is a reporter with Michigan Radio.

Grand Rapids homeless shelters grapple with rise in homelessness amid the pandemic

  • Starla McDermott is the development director at Guiding Light of Grand Rapids.

New COVID variant abruptly halted U-M sports, with bad timing for three nationally ranked teams

  • John U. Bacon is a sports commentator for Michigan Radio.

U-M’s partnership with Washtenaw Co. Health Dept led to sudden sports stoppage

  • Dr. Preeti Malani is the chief health officer and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.