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LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed Executive Order 2020-165 that extends her emergency and disaster declaration until Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m. 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-164 on Thursday, which requires face coverings to be worn in all child-care centers and camps. 

WEST BRANCH – District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) has announced possible COVID-19 exposure locations in the area.

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-08 on Tuesday, Aug. 4 to direct state departments and autonomous agency heads to review allocation of their resources to ensure that enforcement of COVID-19-related orders is a priority, such as limitations on capacity and t…

LANSING – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order on Tuesday, Aug. 4 requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing employees. 


LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 Wednesday evening, July 29, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-159 on Wednesday, July 29 to allow Michigan’s colleges and universities to proceed with converting large spaces for instruction without approval or inspection.  

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-156 on Thursday, which continues the limited and temporary restrictions on the entry of individuals into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities previously…

LANSING – With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant program.