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.”

The North Wind: UPLINK makes history for the Upper Peninsula

The North Wind: UPLINK makes history for the Upper Peninsula. “The [Northern Michigan University] archives recently launched the development of The Upper Peninsula Digital Network or, UPLINK, which will enable heritage organizations around the UP to digitize their collections of historical media. This is thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.”

NBC News: Michigan House says nearly 30 lawmakers and staffers have tested positive for Covid this year

NBC News: Michigan House says nearly 30 lawmakers and staffers have tested positive for Covid this year. “About eight representatives and 21 staffers have reported testing positive so far, said Gideon D’Assandro, communications director and press secretary for Michigan’s House speaker. D’Assandro would not detail the timing of the infections, and it was unclear if any of the positive cases came after [Rudy] Giuliani’s visit.”

ABC 7 Chicago: Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

ABC 7 Chicago: Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “New filings claim there was a Plan B the militiamen had drawn up, that involved a takeover of the Michigan capitol building by 200 combatants who would stage a week-long series of televised executions of public officials. And, according to government documents now on file in lower Michigan court, there was also a Plan C — burning down the state house, leaving no survivors.”

Whitmer: ‘Not Going To Be Bullied’ Over Michigan Coronavirus Restrictions (NPR)

NPR: Whitmer: ‘Not Going To Be Bullied’ Over Michigan Coronavirus Restrictions. “On Sunday, Michigan health officials announced the ‘three-week pause’ that seeks to limit indoor social gatherings and group activities. The measures, which are set to go into effect Wednesday, include the temporary suspension of in-person learning at colleges and high schools, closing casinos and movie theaters, and closing indoor services at bars and restaurants.”

Whitmer: Atlas’ call for Michiganders to ‘rise up’ against Covid restrictions ‘took my breath away’ (Politico)

Politico: Whitmer: Atlas’ call for Michiganders to ‘rise up’ against Covid restrictions ‘took my breath away’. “Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that she was stunned by a call from one of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisers for people in her state to ‘rise up’ against new restrictions aimed at slowing the disease’s deadly surge. ‘It actually took my breath away, to tell you the truth,’ Whitmer told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ referring to a tweet posted over the weekend by Scott Atlas, whose skepticism toward Covid-19 mitigation strategies has been the subject of widespread criticism.”

City of Royal Oak, Michigan: Announcing ROPL Daily Tribune Digital Archive

City of Royal Oak, Michigan: Announcing ROPL Daily Tribune Digital Archive. “The Royal Oak Public Library is pleased to announce the completion of a digitization project that offers thousands of pages of newspapers available to search, view, print and clip with a click of a mouse. Past issues of The Royal Oak Daily Tribune are now available through the Royal Oak Public Library Digital Archive! The digital archive spans over 138 years from 1877 to 2015 and can be accessed here at The Royal Oak Daily Tribune.” Appears to be completely free – I did not find a paywall when I started exploring. issues are PDF files and can take a moment to load.

Detroit Free Press: As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge

Detroit Free Press: As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge. “Coronavirus cases are rising in Michigan and COVID-19 hospitalizations have spiked 80% in recent weeks, climbing in all regions of the state, health officials warned Tuesday. ‘It is very possible that this is the beginning of a second wave,’ said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”