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Michigan expands vaccine eligibility phase 1B

LAURIUM – The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) further expanded Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. This means the following are now eligible: — Adults age 50+ with medical conditions and disabilities*. — Caregivers of children with special health care ...

MDARD Director McDowell issues emergency rules to protect agricultural workers

LANSING — Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell issued Pandemic Public Health Measures in Migrant Agricultural Worker Housing Emergency Rules, which require licensed housing providers to create and implement plans to prevent exposure to the novel ...

Rep. LaFave introduces bill to address rural mental health issue

LANSING — Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced legislation to reform the way involuntary psychiatric hospital patients are transported, which greatly affects northern Michigan communities. The bill will create new standards and licensing requirements to allow parties other than law ...

Area providers experiencing shortened COVID-19 waitlists

HANCOCK — As the vaccine supply coming into the area becomes more reliable, providers in the Western Upper Peninsula are seeing a decline in the demand for appointments from those age 65 and older. “We are beginning to see gaps in our appointment schedules for the 65 and older group,” ...