MLive: New coronavirus outbreaks reported at 69 Michigan schools in the last week

MLive: New coronavirus outbreaks reported at 69 Michigan schools in the last week. “A total of 332 students and staff at 69 schools have been infected by the coronavirus in new school-related outbreaks, according to data released Monday, Sept. 13, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, the state reported 30 new outbreaks at K-12 school districts. This is a 130% increase, but school has only been in session for a few weeks. For most, classes began after Labor Day.”

ABC 12: Michigan launches online portal with adults’ vaccination records

ABC 12: Michigan launches online portal with adults’ vaccination records. “Michigan adults will have easier access to their vaccination records with a new website from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Michigan Immunization Portal shows all vaccinations that people age 18 and older have received in their lifetime as long as they were entered into the Michigan Care Improvement Registry. The portal also will show COVID-19 vaccine status.”

Model D: New website SoapBox Detroit aims to make city government more accessible

Model D: New website SoapBox Detroit aims to make city government more accessible. “Daniel Arking calls it his ‘Furlough Friday’ project. As assistant corporation counsel for the City of Detroit, working in the city’s law department, Arking found his Fridays freed up over the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like much of the staff, Arking was subject to work furloughs as the city wrestled with the onset of the pandemic. Arking took the time off to fully realize an idea that he started to develop in 2017: SoapBox Detroit, a website that gathers city ordinance news and public meeting announcements from the city’s many different departments and divisions and compiles them in one location.”

‘I feel lost’: Michigan loses more than 20,000 dead to COVID-19 (Detroit News)

Detroit News: ‘I feel lost’: Michigan loses more than 20,000 dead to COVID-19. “… about 1 in 504 Michiganians has died from the virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday 20,011 confirmed deaths as the state prepares for a projected new onslaught of infections caused by the highly transmissible delta variant that is sweeping the country. Michigan added 29 deaths over a two-day period to surpass the milestone and had 3,127 new infections to reach 919,133 confirmed cases.”

Detroit Times: Online tool helps public track progress on bridge repairs, construction

Detroit Times: Online tool helps public track progress on bridge repairs, construction. “The Michigan Department of Transportation has a new tool to enable the public to track progress on local bridge repair projects. The new online dashboard … will display how close a bridge is to completion by percentage, updates, detour routes and other information for the 19 bridges MDOT is repairing or constructing.”

Grand Rapids Business Journal: The Right Place unveils online database of diverse business owners

Grand Rapids Business Journal: The Right Place unveils online database of diverse business owners. “The filterable directory is a database of more than 1,200 minority-, women-, veteran- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses in 13 West Michigan counties, which includes Kent, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Ottawa, Allegan, Newaygo, Mecosta, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, Lake and Osceola counties.”

City of Detroit: Detroit, Google. org Team Up To Create Tool To Help Detroiters Find Affordable Housing

City of Detroit: Detroit, Google. org Team Up To Create Tool To Help Detroiters Find Affordable Housing. “Google.org Fellows will work alongside the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department with the mission of addressing housing instability in the city by helping Detroiters find affordable housing, making it easier to rent and stay in the city. The vision is to streamline the process of searching and applying for affordable housing, and having housing opportunities listed in one place and updated frequently.”

STAT News: Biden officials rebuff appeals to surge Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan amid growing crisis

STAT News: Biden officials rebuff appeals to surge Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan amid growing crisis. “Amid Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation coronavirus surge, scientists and public health officials are urging the Biden administration to flood the state with additional vaccine doses. So far, though, their plea has fallen on deaf ears. Instead, the federal government is sticking to a vaccine-allocation strategy that largely awards doses to states and territories based on their population.”

AP: Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

Associated Press: Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states. “New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. infections during the same week numbered more than 452,000.”

AP: Michigan sees virus surge, but tighter restrictions unlikely

AP: Michigan sees virus surge, but tighter restrictions unlikely. “Michigan, which not long ago had one of the country’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is confronting an alarming spike that some experts worry could be a harbinger nationally. In what public health authorities across the U.S. have been warning for months might happen around the country, the resurgence is being fueled by loosened restrictions, a more infectious variant and pandemic fatigue.”

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends. “University of Michigan researchers will enlist the help of citizen scientists in a new project to digitize thousands of historical records—some dating back more than a century—about Michigan inland lake conditions and fish abundances. Scientists will feed the digitized data into computer models to study the impacts of climate change and other factors on the fish in Michigan’s inland lakes.”

12 months of coronavirus in Michigan: A look back by the numbers (MLive)

MLive: 12 months of coronavirus in Michigan: A look back by the numbers. “There were 118,000 known cases of COVID-19 and nearly 4,300 deaths attributed to the coronavirus worldwide when the World Health Organization declared the novel virus a global pandemic March 11, 2020. Almost a full year later, the state of Michigan alone has reported more than five times as many known infections, and more than three times as many fatalities linked to the novel virus that has altered life for everyone the last 12 months.”

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan

Michigan Radio: Introducing Minutes, a new tool to keep track of local government in Michigan. “We’ve been working on this project for more than a year, with funding from the Google News Initiative. And what we’ve built is a program that can search for and download content from the videos of public meetings from dozens of cities and counties from every corner of Michigan…. One way we’re making these meetings more public is by setting up new podcasts feeds, so you can subscribe and listen to the meetings for your city.”