Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified the election on Nov. 23, which cemented a Biden-Harris victory. Currently, the state Senate is investigating the election process after Trump and Republican Party leaders claimed there were irregularities in the result.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ingham County reported a total 9,148 and 119 deaths cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, around 7,000 cases and all but 40 deaths have occurred since Sept. 1
As of Monday, Nov. 30, Michigan had up to 360,449 COVID-19 cases with 9,134 deaths. There were 5,793 new cases reported and a record 190 deaths Tuesday.
East Lansing Department of Public Works offers extra holiday collection days, no-fee refuse pickup and Christmas tree collection.
East Lansing City Council Member Lisa Babcock urged residents to stay home but also said that if they must go out on Black Friday that they should shop local. “Every dollar you spend at our local stores stays in the community and keeps the community vibrant,” Babcock said. “You’ll encounter fewer crowds.
The month of November has seen a total of 29 deaths to date, up from 23 in October and 10 the two months prior. This total in a single month is just one death less than the entire five-month span between March and July, which reported a cumulative total of 30 deaths.
The resolution was approved unanimously on Tuesday night declaring racism a public health crisis. Furthermore, the resolution also acknowledges and adopts March 25 as an international day of remembrance for victims of the Trans-Atlantic slave passage.
“The Board fulfilled its legal duties today in certifying the results, and now our democratic process can move forward,” Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said in a statement. “This is America at work.”
East Lansing Public Library announced Monday that it would be temporarily closing its building beginning Friday, Nov.20, leaving residents disappointed, but understanding.
Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 3 million Michigan workers have applied for unemployment benefits, Whitmer said. Currently, more than 600,000 individuals are still receiving benefits and nearly 80% of those workers rely on the soon-to-expire CARES Act programs for support.
Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson announced post-election audits Thursday morning after all 83 counties voted to certify the Nov. 3 election results. However, Wayne County Republican Canvassers signed affidavits to rescind their votes following Benson's statement.
The drafted resolution was done in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and Council Member Dana Watson.
As coronavirus cases are reaching record-high numbers, a bipartisan group of governors — including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — released a video urging residents to mask up and stay safe ahead of the holiday season.
A group of restaurant and hospitality associations filed on Tuesday to remove restrictions imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Nov. 15 emergency order banning indoor dining for the next three weeks, seeking a preliminary injunction.
In the past week alone, COVID-19 cases in Ingham County have risen by 1,173, daily case counts are nearly twice as high as they were a month ago and the percent of people positive for COVID-19 has more than doubled in the past month.
While all office closures will initially be in place for three weeks, they may be extended based on the status of coronavirus cases and public health directives, according to a press release.
“Our word for today is unprecedented,” NextGen Michigan Press Secretary Lateshia Parker said in an email. “This year has been unprecedented for us all, but the turnout of young voters has been unprecedented to the state and country.”