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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.



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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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The Washtenaw Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, also known as FAN, says, now more than ever because of the pandemic, it’s important to reach out to friends and family who are battling addictions like alcohol or drugs.  

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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. 

Ypsilanti Township

The Civic Center building in Ypsilanti Township will be open only for voter registration and voting Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd.

Safety Tips For Voting In Person Next Week

Oct 28, 2020
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For those planning to vote in person next week for the November 3rd general election, there are safety steps health experts recommend.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council has decided to end part of its Healthy Streets Project early over safety concerns.  

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Many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday.  That created a great deal of uncertainty among residents and businesses about COVID-19 protocol and regulations.  For clarification, the Washtenaw County Health Department issued four orders of its own on Monday.  Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to further explain the county response. 

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People with cystic fibrosis (CF) are all too familiar with washing their hands, avoiding germs, and socially distancing.  That is what they must do to stay healthy even when we're not in a pandemic.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the creator and executive director of The Bonnell Foundation-Living With Cystic Fibrosis, Laura Bonnell, about her two daughters who have CF.  They have received their lifelong medical treatment at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and face even more serious health challenges due to COVID-19.

EMU Will Begin In-Person Instruction Today

Sep 21, 2020

Eastern Michigan University will begin in-person instruction Monday for the fall semester. 

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Six months into the pandemic, and, although there is still no treatment or still no cure, life seems to be getting back to normal for many people.  That includes the just announced return of Big Ten football.


WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Howard Markel, a physician, author, and medical historian at the University of Michigan, who has watched closely and written extensively about our global health crisis, including a recent piece in the New Yorker.  He weighs in on whether college football is a good idea right now and talks about the importance of a vaccine for ending the COVID-19 crisis.

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As the seasons change, so will the ways we move around in our lives in order to stay healthy and avoid the COVID-19 virus. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel about ways to stay healthy in colder weather and about whether or not any of the medical advice to avoid certain activities have really changed over the course of the pandemic.

Healthy Streets Project Underway In Ann Arbor

Aug 31, 2020
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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is reconfiguring some city streets as part of its Healthy Streets pilot program. 

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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.  

University of Michigan

Student move-in days kicks off Monday at the University of Michigan.  But as expected, it will be different because of COVID-19.  

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Saying the crisis is still very real and far from over, physician, medical historian, and director of the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine Dr. Howard Markel talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about a recent article he wrote for the New Yorker, where he says he believes we are not ready for an open society due to our current global health crisis.

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is working with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority to reconfigure some city streets for 90 days.  


Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will host its annual community Bike Rodeo safety program this Saturday, but it will look a bit different because of COVID-19.  

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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.

Susan Cerniglia
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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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On its surface, there may not appear to be many connections between the coronavirus pandemic and the climate change crisis.  You don’t, however, have to dig very deep to find the parallels and the impacts on people of color.  Dr. Marie O‘Neill is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and her work has put her in the path of that intersection.  Dr. O’Neill joined WEMU’s David Fair this week to help connect the dots on this week’s "Issues of the Environment."

Washtenaw County
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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. 

15th District Court

The 15th District Court in Ann Arbor has reopened its doors but with new COVID-19 guidelines.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has asked its corporate counsel to determine what authority the county has in making sure businesses comply with COVID-19 guidelines.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor may close more streets in the downtown area to allow businesses to expand their operations outdoors during the pandemic for social distancing.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with its Safe Social Distancing Outdoors project as a result of COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss making improvements to Frog Island Park tonight.  

Ann Arbor City Council To Discuss COVID-19 Tonight

Jun 15, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing tonight actions they can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.