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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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


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

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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.  

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

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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.  

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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.

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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

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

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Governor Whitmer issued an executive order last week ordering Michiganders to wear masks in gatherings where social distancing was not possible.  Yet, there were still instances where the order was ignored, such as a Fourth of July party in Saline and an open graduation ceremony at Hillsdale College.  In her weekly conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia explains the best ways to handle these situations without incident, while reducing the spread of COVID-19.

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The Washtenaw County Elections Department says all of its 150 voting precincts will offer in-person voting for the August 4th primary election.  

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The Ann Arbor Farmers Market says having customers wear masks will be essential in keeping the market open.  

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Effective today, Governor Whitmer's executive order requires everyone wear face coverings while visiting indoor public spaces and outdoor gatherings where proper social distancing is difficult.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the orders and where we are locally when it comes to COVID-19. 

Sewers Needed To Help Make Protective Face Masks

Jun 16, 2020
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Engage @ EMU needs your help to make masks to protect local residents from COVID-19.  

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Even though Michigan's "stay home, stay safe" order has been extended to May 28th due to the coronavirus pandemic. more people are going out, and many places they visit require wearing a mask.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University professor and epidemiologist Dr. Beverly Mihalko about what's the best type of mask to make or wear and talks about proper placement and removal of a mask to provide optimal protection.

Ypsi And EMU Team Up To Make Masks

May 8, 2020
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The City of Ypsilanti has partnered with Eastern Michigan University to make face masks.