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MSU suspends football workouts

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan State University football team suspended workouts Friday, and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said.

“The university has designated areas available to house individuals in quarantine as needed, based upon the living arrangements for student-athletes,” spokesman Ben Phlegar said.

The team had already paused workouts after a staff member tested positive.

The state health department reported Friday 594 new confirmed virus cases and three additional deaths. About 3.7% of tests have been positive this week as of Thursday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended a ban on family visitors at nursing homes and congregate care sites through Aug. 31.

There’s an exception for people who want to see someone in serious or critical condition or in hospice care. Whitmer’s office announced an extension of her previous order Thursday night.

Facilities must make “best efforts” to help residents communicate with people by phone or electronic devices, Whitmer said.

Some people in nursing homes and assisted-living centers have only seen visitors through a window.

“We must remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable citizens from the spread of this virus. … I know seniors and their families are making sacrifices every day during this crisis,” Whitmer said.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has discretion to make exceptions to parts of the order, the governor said.

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