Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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.


LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its Residential Care Facilities Order to reflect recent changes in Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for visitation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan health department is being sued over its refusal to release more information about COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes.

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation often takes aggressive action to get public records. It filed a lawsuit on behalf of Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff. He is seeking ages, dates of death and whether the person became ill at a long-term care facility.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will get COVID-19 vaccine as part of a plan to enhance the state's vaccine equity strategy.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Protect Michigan Commission pilot program aims to help remove barriers to vaccine access for those 60 and older who live in communities with high Social Vulnerability Index and high COVID-19 mortality rates. The index is a tool that uses census data to identify places where a community may have more difficulty preventing human suffering and financial loss in a disaster.