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WASHINGTON — In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

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U.S. regulators on Monday expanded the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12, offering a way to protect the nation's adolescents before they head back to school in the fall and paving the way for them to return to more normal activities.

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Earlier this month, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) transitioned from a 10-day quarantine to a 14-day quarantine to uphold Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommendations because of significant case increases across the state.

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The Ottawa County Department of Public Health and its partnering agencies have appointments and walk-in opportunities available for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Health organizations administering COVID-19 vaccinations are seeing a plateau in the number of people seeking the vaccine, so those with extra supplies have started opening up walk-in clinics.

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WEST OLIVE — A motion to have the Ottawa County Department of Public Health compare its enforcement of COVID-19 orders with external organizations to enforcement of health rules in county buildings has failed, after members of a county committee unanimously voted against the proposal Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation's largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's largest hospital system is dealing with a "runaway train" as it confronts a crush of COVID-19 patients in suburban Detroit, even turning to outdoor evaluations as people show up for care, a doctor said Thursday.

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Stasy Puff has become quite the inspiration to quite a few people nowadays.

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A West Michigan suicide attempt survivor and mental health advocates will host a two-day virtual summit designed to educate middle school and high school students on suicide prevention and mental health.

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LANSING — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that Michigan should "close things down" to help address the country's worst coronavirus outbreak, days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer instead urged people to voluntarily restrict certain activities.

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The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments – many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing him.

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LANSING — Faced with the country’s highest rate of new coronavirus infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly urged a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, all youth sports and indoor restaurant dining in Michigan.

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DETROIT — An alarming spike in the number of drownings across several of the Great Lakes last year may have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new research study finds.