Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, MI--   All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits are receiving an additional monthly payment in September in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today.

LANSING, MI--   To help ensure Michigan students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom and keep students in school for in-person learning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More than 700 thousand Michigan households will continue to receive an additional food assistance payment this month.

The money will appear this week in Bridge card accounts.

The additional federal benefit has been extended every month since it was first approved in April of last year to help address food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. It helps meet the nutritional needs of two out of every ten Michigan children. 

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) its COVID-19 Gatherings and Face Masks epidemic order to encourage safer outdoor activities as spring and summer bring warmer weather and new opportunities to go outdoors. 

Under the new order, which goes into effect Thursday, May 6, and continues through Monday, May 31, masks are generally not required outdoors unless a gathering has 100 or more people. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 5,500 new COVID-19 cases and 69 deaths due to the coronavirus have been reported in Michigan.

LANSING, MI--   To help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is ramping up testing and urging Michiganders to continue mitigation practices that help slow the spread of the virus. 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has been notified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) of elevated perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) levels in Lake Superior rainbow smelt.

In order to be protective of public health, MDHHS is matching WDNR’s guidance and issuing a precautionary Eat Safe Fish guideline recommending that individuals limit Lake Superior smelt consumption to one serving per month.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of the state health department stands confirmed. The state Senate had until Tuesday to reject the appointment of Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel. 

Hertel is a department veteran who’s already played a major role in the Whitmer administration’s COVID-19 response. And that’s rankled Republicans who say the Whitmer administration’s used health orders to circumvent the Legislature.

Fully vaccinated individuals may gather at residences without masks per CDC 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office says the state and her former health director have amended his $155,000 severance deal to remove a confidentiality clause that has drawn criticism.

Robert Gordon abruptly resigned in January, the day he issued a coronavirus order allowing restaurants to reopen for indoor dining after a months-long closure. A month later, he signed a separation agreement in which the sides agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding his departure.