Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus. Under the measure sent to the House, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the home can provide a designated area for them.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to self-quarantine if they recently visited a popular bar near Michigan State University where 25 customers have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Ingham County health department says people who were at Harper’s in East Lansing between June 12-20 should stay home for two weeks. The 25 cases involve people between the ages of 18 and 23. County health officer Linda Vail says more people probably were infected but have not been identified. Harper’s is temporarily closed after reopening on June 8. It said it’s modifying the air conditioning system and developing a plan to eliminate lines.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan are investigating a confrontation in which a man serving as security for a small group of racial injustice protesters pointed an assault-style rifle at a man on a motorcycle. Protest organizer Paul Birdsong tells WLNS-TV that the motorcyclist refused to go around the group blocking an intersection in Lansing last week. The man pointing the rifle can be heard on video telling the motorcyclist “if you’re going to run us over, I’m going to protect my crowd.” Birdsong tells the television station that the man serving as security points the gun after the motorcyclist revs his engine. Attorney Lucas Dillon says his client was protecting the group.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Complaints about fireworks have been increasing in Battle Creek but police say enforcement is difficult. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that fireworks use is restricted under Michigan law and Battle Creek’s fireworks ordinance. Residents can only use fireworks on certain dates inside the city. But some residents say fireworks have been a daily occurrence since Memorial Day. When officers are able to handle fireworks complaints, the people calling often don’t want to talk to the officers. Battle Creek police Chief Jim Blocker says he understands residents’ frustration, but without community support and a change in Michigan’s law, the problem won’t go away.