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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bills into law Thursday that show Democrats and Republicans can find room to cooperate on the state’s response to COVID-19.

The bills are the result of bipartisan deal-making. They offer employers more protection from lawsuits and employees more guarantees they can’t be forced to work in situations that could place their health in danger.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is once again allowing in-person visits at nursing homes across much of the state.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the number of new COVID cases are surging in Michigan.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer seemed to place some blame for the increase on Republicans in the legislature that worked to strip her of executive authority.


Republican state lawmakers have presented their version of a COVID-19 response plan. The state House GOP proposal follows a court ruling that struck down many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral emergency orders.

There are still state public health department orders that require masks and distancing. But Whitmer and the Republican-controlled Legislature will have to strike a deal on other measures.