Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich (AP) — Early voting for the 2020 general election is underway in Michigan under expanded voting rights that allow any resident to request an absentee ballot. The state says that nearly 2.4 million residents have already requested ballots amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. With 40 days until the Nov. 3 election, residents are encouraged to turn in their ballots early to avoid any mail delays. People can also vote early in person and on Election Day. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said about 30 people came to one of the city’s locations to vote on the first day of early voting.
DETROIT (AP) — The 94th Detroit Thanksgiving parade will march on, but any spectators probably will be in their pajamas. People will not be allowed to line the parade route in downtown Detroit because of the coronavirus. Instead they’ll have to watch the parade on television. Another Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Trot, won’t be held downtown. People can still get medals and shirts if they register and run it on their own. The race usually attracts thousands of runners.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A county in the Upper Peninsula is suspending in-person classes at all schools for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases. Houghton County schools will have online classes only, through Oct. 9. Football games and other sports events have been canceled. The county reported 26 new cases Thursday, and 84% of its 336 cases have occurred in the last month. Houghton County health officer Kate Beer says the positive test rate was 5.1% by Monday, compared to less than 1% at the end of August.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Leaders at Michigan’s three largest research universities say online classes will likely last for the entire academic year, keeping many students out of classrooms until next fall. The presidents of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University spoke during a Lansing Economic Club event Thursday. Mark Schlissel of U-M said the development of coronavirus vaccines will be important in any broad return to in-person instruction. About 20% of U-M classes now are in-person. M. Roy Wilson of Wayne State in Detroit said the winter semester will look like the current term. Samuel Stanley Jr. at MSU says he’ll be watching how other colleges perform with in-person classes.