LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan and Michigan State University will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall semester.

Both university presidents said Friday the action is being taken due to the spread of the more infectious delta variant.

The state reports 2,250 additional coronavirus cases over three days. The seven-day average, 573, is up from 219 two weeks ago. Michigan’s case rate is lower than in all but a few states.

Marquette, MI - Northern Michigan University will not need to change its masking requirements following the CDC’s announcement of revised recommendations. In an email to the campus community, NMY President Fritz Erickson says Marquette and the Upper Peninsula are not at the level the CDC considers high risk, but the university will continue to monitor the situation.

Undated - Positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin are twice as high as a week ago and 7-times as high as a month ago, fueled by the more contagious ‘delta variant.’ State health officials yesterday (Wed) again urged everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. There were 792-new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday and the 7-day average was 478… up from 239 last week and 69 a month ago. As of Wednesday, just over 49-percent of the state was fully vaccinated.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The US Department of Justice won’t open a formal investigation into Michigan’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 crisis.

That word came Thursday in a letter from the department’s civil rights division.

The department’s examination focused on whether the polices ran afoul of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).

The letter was sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s legal counsel and was signed by Steven Rosenbaum, chief of the department’s Special Litigation Section.

From the letter:

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced a plan to tie the lifting of coronavirus restrictions to the state's vaccination rate, setting four benchmarks to return to normal.

She says as more people get shots Michigan will allow in-person work for all business sectors and lift indoor capacity limits.

About half of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, but the state has become a national hotspot for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

MARQUETTE,  MI--   The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering grant funding for restaurants and other eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will give restaurants money equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients don’t have to repay the funding as long as it is applied toward approved uses no later than March 11, 2023.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette organization Grow and Lead: Community and Youth Development has received a portion of $200,000 in grants to help with COVID-19 response and recovery. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Health care providers in Michigan have been given the go-ahead to administer the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. That’s as Michigan faces some of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the country.

Michigan health officials lifted a pause on the J&J vaccine based on advice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC determined getting more people vaccinated outweighs the very remote risk of developing a blood clot.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Thirty active cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Northern Michigan University during the last week of the semester.

As of Monday at 5:38 p.m. 18 on-campus and 12 off-campus students had the coronavirus. Students will take their final exams this week, then graduate or go on summer break.

Officials say Temaki and Smoothie King restaurants have reopened for call-ahead and drive-through service following a possible COVID exposure last week.

UNDATED - Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has vetoed Republican-backed bills that would have prevented health officials from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and allowed churches to be closed during the pandemic.

Evers said in his veto messages Friday that he objected to the bills because they limited his ability to respond to the pandemic. The action has little immediate effect.