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It’s been over a month now since Ann Arbor public school students have been back in the classroom as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the many challenges they are dealing with to keep kids still learning in the classroom despite the continuing global health crisis.


Susan Cerniglia
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All across Michigan, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge. More cases and hospitalizations have been reported, while hospital staff members are leaving in protest of vaccine mandates. As the colder months are upon us, state health departments need to adapt. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia gives a local perspective on these developments with WEMU's David Fair.


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At a time when we thought we might be moving on as the COVID-19 pandemic wears down, it seems like there is as much confusion and concern as ever.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Susan Cerniglia, communications and health promotion administrator for the Washtenaw County Health Department, about the recent upward trend in COVID cases and the recommended tools for curtailing cases as more and more activities resume.


Michigan Theater
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August is winding down, but the movies will always be here for you. WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins about the week's movie news, new and returning films on the big screen, and what you'll need to do to stay safe while enjoying the movie of your choice. 


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For most K-12 students in Washtenaw County, school begins on Monday, August 30th. Meantime, the Centers for Disease Control data tracker has moved the country from substantial tranmission risk to high transmission risk. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the current state of the public health crisis and what the near future may bring. 


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State employees are being told they once again have to mask up at the office as a health precaution. We have more from Rick Pluta.

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MGN

The CDC has released its latest COVID-19 data, and it shows that Washtenaw County is one of many communities seeing a rise in confirmed cases. In the meantime, Washtenaw County is now offering booster shots to immunocompromised residents who are already vaccinated. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia provides more details on these updates in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University president Dr. James Smith announced residents in University student housing facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with President Smith about the decision, which also includes a vaccine incentive program for students and EMU staff.

 

 


Susan Cerniglia
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The Delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a major increase in infections across the country. In response, many businesses and schools, including those in Washtenaw County, have reinstated policies requiring protective masks while indoors. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest pandemic information and how it impacts us in our community.

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The number of COVID-19 cases is steadily increasing locally, according to Washtenaw County Public Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia.  

She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about the latest trend in cases and the impact on wearing a mask, going out in public, and going back to work as the pandemic continues.


Ann Arbor
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The plan is to open the doors to all Ann Arbor Public School district students later this month, August 30th. WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the current plans for reopening in a pandemic that include universal masking and "redesigned" before and after-school care for students.


Susan Cerniglia
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The new Delta variant of the coronavirus has severely impacted several states, primarily due to low vaccination rates and an end to most mask mandates. WEMU's David Fair got the latest in his conversation with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia about how these recent developments may affect Washtenaw County residents.

COVID-19
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Although they are seeing fewer hospitalizations at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, the positivity rate for the virus is increasing, and vaccinations are still seen as the solution to stop the COVID-19 virus in its tracks.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel, who shares the latest information about the virus variant and how we can stay safe and healthy as the pandemic continues.


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History / ummnh.org

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History reopens to the public on a limited basis beginning Friday, June 25, 2021, following 15 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Barry talks with museum director Amy Harris about the latest museum plans.


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Shaking hands, hugging. and dining inside restaurants is now OK, according to Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti. He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how medical professionals believe it is safe to return to many of our regular, pre-pandemic activities for those who are vaccinated and not immune compromised.


The Ride

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as The Ride, has issued a statement reminding people using public transportation they are still required to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that fully vaccinated individuals would no longer need to wear masks in most circumstances. It has caused some confusion, while infection rates and COVID -19 spread continue in the community. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia provides some clarity in her conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine / chm.umich.edu

Over a hundred years since the pandemic of 1918, our current public health crisis is happening in a very similar manner to what happened then... killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Lisa Barry talks with the Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, Dr. Alex Navarro, about how what's happening now compares to what happened back then.


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The rate of COVID-19 cases across Michigan has been trending upward recently, and while many people are getting the vaccine, not everyone is on board with the idea.

Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti for an update on where we are in the pandemic process and what medical professionals have learned in the past year of this global health crisis.


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Local health experts say that school districts that are considering offering in-person instruction during the pandemic need to be ready to implement safety measures when they re-open their doors. 


Wiki Commons

The Washtenaw County Health Department recommends that anyone who wants to spend the holidays with people who don’t live in the same household as they do should start quarantining soon. 


Thanksgiving
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There have been several holidays so far this year that have been observed while in a pandemic, but with cases surging and many traditions at stake, what is the best advice for Thanksgiving?

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University epidemiologist Dr. Beverly Mihalko for her take on the healthiest holiday recommendations this year.


Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions for its emergency department, hospitals, and clinics due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.  


EMU

After making over 10,000 masks since the pandemic started, Eastern Michigan University’s mask project will come to an end later this month.  

Wiki Commons

While not all school districts are offering school bus transportation this week as the new school year gets underway, five out of the nine districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will have service.  

Ypsi Mask Project

A group of Ypsilanti residents launched a program called the Ypsi Mask Project for the purpose of making masks for Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

City of Ann Arbor

As University of Michigan students return to Ann Arbor, the City of Ann Arbor has reinstated a local state of emergency order and implemented a new face covering and social gathering ordinance.  

Beverly Mihalko
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After being advised by doctors and public health officials to stay home for the past several months due to the pandemic, voting day may mean some people will need to go out to cast a ballot or turn in an absentee ballot if they didn't mail it back in time.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University professor and epidemiologist Dr. Beverly Mihalko about what risks, if any, there are to our health by doing this.


US Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s aware parents, students, and teachers are anxious for details on back-to-school plans.  But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, she says there’s still too much uncertainty about how the spread of COVID-19 might affect those plans.


EMU To Continue Making Masks Indefinitely

Jul 27, 2020
EMU

Eastern Michigan University says their temporary mask-making initiative has become a permanent program.  At least for now.  

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