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LANSING — Michigan’s health director on Thursday ordered nursing homes to offer on-site booster shots to residents who are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine in a state that lags others in vaccinating people in long-term care facilities.

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As the super-contagious omicron variant sweeps the Midwest, pushing case count graphs vertical, some people who assumed they were safe from infection after they got their vaccines are entering a new psychological stage of the pandemic: a sense that infection is unavoidable.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

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COVID-19 vaccines protect you from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are well-protected from serious illness and dying from the disease.

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Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19's alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.

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LANSING — Michigan’s record high COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations could peak in late January or early February before beginning to drop, state health officials said Tuesday, while urging residents to help control the height of the crest.

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The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions. And those aren’t climbing as fast.

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The first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant called omicron (B.1.1.529) have been detected in Ottawa County, the county health department announced Tuesday.

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OTTAWA COUNTY — While the face mask mandate in Ottawa County schools is lifting in January 2022, some school districts are deciding to keep face coverings around for students up to sixth grade.

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PAW PAW — On a windy December morning in rural southwest Michigan, an American flag flapped at half-staff outside Paw Paw Early Elementary School. A social worker with a miniature therapy dog named Trixie offered comfort at the entry doors.

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U.S. health officials are warning the public not to eat certain brands of packaged salads, which they say are linked to two small, long-running listeria outbreaks in which three people died.

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LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she still supports President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, clarifying comments she made earlier this month in which she expressed concerns about it.

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LANSING — People who haven’t been vaccinated for COVID-19 are taking up too many beds at Michigan’s strained hospitals, as the state prepares for the rapid spread of omicron variant, the governor said Tuesday.

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NASHVILLE — Moo-ville Creamery, the Nashville, Michigan-based dairy company with three locations across mid-Michigan, makes some of the best chocolate ice cream in the United States, according to the North American Ice Cream Association.

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NEW YORK — Omicron has raced ahead of other variants and is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73 percent of new infections last week, federal health officials said Monday.

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LANSING — The University of Michigan and Michigan State University will require all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination for the next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

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As the days of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s (OCDPH) mask mandate count down, local schools have made announcements on their requirements for students when they return to school in 2022.

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Craig Hoffman’s 2-year-old son, Roky, came down with a cold a week before Thanksgiving after coming back from school. As a family, the Hoffman’s have been pretty careful, yet Roky’s cold quickly spread to the whole family.

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan's first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in a Kent County resident, the state Department of Health and Human Services and Kent County Health Department said Thursday.

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The reports from COVID-19 patients are disconcerting. Only a few hours before, they were enjoying a cup of pungent coffee or the fragrance of flowers in a garden. Then, as if a switch had been flipped, those smells disappeared.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Even as the U.S. closes in on a milestone of 200 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, cases and hospitalizations are spiking again, including in highly inoculated corners of the country like New England.

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DETROIT — As Michigan broke another pandemic record Monday – this time for confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations – a critical care doctor called on the state and federal governments to “bring to bear all resources” to help the hospitals ride out the worst-yet surge and for health care workers …