Hair, nail, and massage businesses across the state are allowed to reopen today after being shut down for months due to the pandemic. New rules and regulations are in place as these businesses will only be able to accommodate about half of their usual customers. Equipment and chairs and rooms will have to be sanitized between every customer. Bernadette Blanchard of BABS Salon & Wellness Spa in Birmingham says, “We’re following CDC guidelines. We’re doing everything possible to keep us safe and our clients trust in us.”
The state’s fraud investigation into unemployment benefits has restored payments to 41% of the people initially affected. However it’s turned up at least 200,00 new cases, making at least 400,000 accounts going unpaid while the UIA continues its investigations. Michigan plans on adding another 200 workers to the 600 strong UIA staff. Please click here to read more.
African Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic, as a series of surveys shows that African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friends has died of COVID-19. 11% say they were close with someone who has died from the virus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans. Findings come from three COVID impact surveys between April and June by NORC at University of Chicago and the Data foundation. Please click here to read more information.
Only three new coronavirus deaths were recorded throughout all of Michigan on Sunday, with 189 newly confirmed cases. Even though cases counts over the weekend tend to be lower, it marks three days in a row with fewer than 200 new cases. The new seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is at 160 statewide. There have been 59,900 confirmed cases of the virus throughout, and a total of 5,770 deaths.
The two largest sources of state money to the School Aid Fund are sales and income taxes. These have fallen sharply during the shutdown, creating a budget hole that could possibly get to $2.4 billion over the next two years. Schools are eyeing cuts to employees, salaries, and transportation as they try to navigate the revenue crash caused by the pandemic. Chris Wignet, executive director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators says the funding situation is unprecedented. Please click here to read more.
The standard practice for most budget planners at universities is to plan for tuition increases for the coming year. Some colleges and universities are now planning on freezing tuition costs to entice students to stay enrolled, and gamble that finances won’t take a dive. The standard practice for most budget planners at universities is to plan for tuition increases for the coming year. Central, Oakland, Western Michigan, and Saginaw Valley State universities have all announced tuition freezes for the next year. Other universities will make their decisions later in the month. Please click here for more information on the importance of tuition dollars.
A study conducted by researches at Imperial College London and Oxford University are showing that Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order may have saved tens of thousands of lives. They determined states with highly aggressive restrictions experienced more success with reducing the spread of coronavirus. Decreased mobility seems to have played a large role in keeping COVID-19 from spreading too much, and researchers are predicting that increased mobility following relaxation of social distancing will lead to a resurgence of transmission. There is no evidence that any state is approaching herd immunity. Please click here to read more.
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