Michigan House ties aid to giving virus powers to counties

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Michigan’s health department lifted a monthslong ban on contact sports that was ordered to help curb rising coronavirus cases, starting Monday, as long as masks are worn. Thursday’s announcement from the governor came a week after she had expressed optimism about a restart. If face coverings cannot be worn, athletes must be regularly tested for COVID-19 under the revised order.