Displaying items tagged: COVID19

Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:28

State announces $409M grant program for businesses that lost revenue during pandemic

A new $409 million state grant program will be available starting March 1 for Michigan businesses that experienced financial hardship as a result of state-ordered shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 16 November 2021 13:46

COVID-19, delayed procedures push West Michigan hospitals to capacity

GRAND RAPIDS — The ongoing high demand for care both from people ill with COVID-19 and non-COVID patients who have delayed procedures has some West Michigan hospitals nearing capacity.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 15:34

Perrigo posts quarterly loss as company rebounds from weak cough/cold season

ALLEGAN — Perrigo Co. plc’s CEO says business has rebounded well after taking a hit in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, although a “historically weak cough/cold season” dampened quarterly sales growth.

Published in Health Care

Monday, 12 July 2021 14:37

$265K in COVID-19 aid heading to GR small businesses in ‘neighborhoods of focus’

GRAND RAPIDS — Eligible small businesses located on the west and south sides of Grand Rapids can soon apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 01 July 2021 13:00

Michigan rolls out $5M sweepstakes for vaccinated adults

Michigan is the latest state to offer a lottery-style incentive for residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a new partnership with Meijer Inc. and the Michigan Association of United Ways.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:14

State to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on June 22

Michigan residents will no longer have to contend with COVID-19 gathering and masking restrictions beginning next week.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 03 June 2021 17:33

Whitmer’s proposed multi-million dollar plan focuses on raising wages, childcare, small biz

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a multi-million dollar plan Thursday that targets boosting wages, helping small businesses and providing access to childcare.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 27 May 2021 14:28

Jill Biden visits Grand Rapids Community College in COVID-19 vaccine push

GRAND RAPIDS — Jill Biden visited Grand Rapids Community College Thursday as part of the Biden administration’s push to partner with community colleges to get students vaccinated against COVID-19.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 24 May 2021 13:44

Whitmer updates COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced “slimmed down” COVID-19 emergency safety rules that begin to ease workplace restrictions and guidelines for employers.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 20 May 2021 22:39

State budget deal withdraws proposed permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders cut a deal Thursday that includes withdrawing proposed permanent COVID-19 workplace safety rules.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 20 May 2021 15:31

Biz groups welcome Whitmer’s accelerated plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Business advocates welcomed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move to begin easing state COVID-19 restrictions on activities beginning next month. Restrictions on all outdoor activities expire June 1 and capacity limits on indoor gatherings double to 50 percent, Whitmer announced today.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 18 May 2021 10:38

Kalamazoo grant program to support another 90 small businesses

KALAMAZOO — A grant program launched last year to provide crucial relief to small businesses in Kalamazoo at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic will offer a second round of funding to 90 additional businesses.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 10 May 2021 17:13

Michigan reaches first COVID-19 vaccine milestone; in-person work allowed to resume in two weeks

Michigan hit the first milestone Monday in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination thresholds are met.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 10 May 2021 16:11

Battle Creek manufacturer says industry can lead with onsite COVID-19 vaccinations

BATTLE CREEK — As the state transitions from mass COVID-19 vaccination sites to smaller, more targeted clinics to immunize the general public, onsite employer-hosted vaccination clinics are taking on a new importance.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 06 May 2021 23:21

Grand Rapids mass vaccine clinic to close after delivering nearly 250,000 doses

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place downtown closes in two weeks after delivering nearly 250,000 doses in four months to people who sought COVID-19 vaccinations from as far away as the Upper Peninsula, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:34

Whitmer plan ties reopening to vaccination rates

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has outlined a new plan that lifts restrictions on restaurants, event venues and workplaces as the state meets a series of COVID-19 vaccination thresholds.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 17:19

Hospital execs hope latest COVID-19 surge may have peaked, urge caution 

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health’s chief executive hopes the present surge of COVID-19 cases that has been affecting younger people and children more than prior strains may have peaked in recent days.

Published in Health Care
Friday, 09 April 2021 11:54

State officials plea for personal responsibility as COVID cases, hospitalizations spike

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is strongly encouraging — but not mandating — new public measures to stem Michigan’s recent spike in COVID-19 metrics, saying pandemic dynamics have changed as millions of vaccines are administered.

Published in Health Care

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 16:41

Grand Rapids mass vaccine clinic opens eligibility to everyone 16 and older as cases, hospitalizations spike

GRAND RAPIDS — The mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids raised eligibility Tuesday to anyone 16 years and older as more doses become available and amid recent surges in cases among a younger population and rising positive tests.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:37

More young people hospitalized with COVID-19, as cases again spike in Michigan

The state today reported more than 4,500 additional COVID-19 cases, continuing recent increases in cases that have caused hospitalization rates to spike in Michigan, particularly among younger people.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 15 March 2021 14:20

State advisory group to form office safety recommendations

The COVID-19 vaccine is “the ticket out” of the pandemic and will play a key role in employees’ return to the workplace, state officials said Monday while announcing a workgroup to provide recommendations for office safety.

Friday, 12 March 2021 13:18

Michigan to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility within a month to all adults

The state has significantly broadened eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine that will take effect later this month.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 01 March 2021 11:08

GRAM ramps up production of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine following FDA approval

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. expects to ship the first filled vials today of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the weekend.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:10

West Michigan executives reflect on a year of leading through a pandemic

After a year of reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes increasingly difficult to capture all of the nuanced and at times discordant effects it has had on businesses. While some have thrived or pivoted, many others have struggled to hold on or closed up shop. 

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 22 February 2021 15:51

PPP loan changes meant to benefit small, minority-owned businesses

The Biden administration on Monday announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that are aimed at improving access to federal COVID-19 relief loans for small and minority-owned businesses.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 29 January 2021 09:14

Macatawa Bank reports higher Q4 earnings as it ramps up more PPP lending

HOLLAND — Macatawa Bank Corp. increased earnings in the fourth quarter, although full-year results declined from the prior year.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:21

Michigan small businesses approved for more than $1.5B in loans under new PPP round

Michigan small businesses were approved for more than $1.5 billion in federal loans during the first two weeks of the new Paycheck Protection Program the U.S. Small Business Administration launched earlier this month.

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:45

Stryker Q4 sales affected by resurgence in COVID-19 cases

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp.’s sales grew 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections that affected market demand for elective medical procedures.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 16:15

Business groups back House Republicans’ COVID-19 spending plan

Statewide business groups announced their support today for House Republicans’ COVID-19 spending plan that’s a rebuttal to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $5.6 billion plan unveiled last week.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 22 January 2021 10:54

State to allow limited indoor dining on Feb. 1 as public health metrics ‘looking promising’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that restaurants and bars can resume indoor service on Feb. 1 with a 25 percent capacity limit and 10 p.m. curfew.

Published in Economic Development

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