The State – 10/29/20

Lacie Hudson, Case deKoning

With Halloween and a rivalry game around the corner, residents need to follow COVID-19 guidelines to ensure safety in the community, Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said in a media briefing Tuesday.

Currently, there are over 4,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ingham County. On just Monday alone, there were 39 ER visits related to the virus.

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Lansing Tuesday, hosting a crowd of thousands at the Capital Region International Airport. With such a large turnout and fairly mixed mask-wearing, Vail said it is deeply concerning to see these kinds of crowds at a time of higher levels of transmission across the state.


On Tuesday, a Michigan judge reversed Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s directive banning open-carry firearms at Michigan polling places in order to prevent voter intimidation.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said that she filed an emergency appeal against Murray’s opinion Wednesday. The appeal argues that her directive does not constitute a rule as described by the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969 and is therefore a valid and fair directive.

Nessel said that there will not be law enforcement at Michigan polls but that they will be on standby if needed.


Outdoor gatherings in downtown East Lansing are now limited to 10 people, down from 25 previously, according to an emergency order issued by Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail.

The order, meant to stop the spread of COVID-19, begins immediately and will remain in place indefinitely.

Local health officials determined the following perimeters based on records showing where large house parties have occurred in the past.