Michigan stops urging masks in schools, other public places

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has stopped recommending that masks be worn inside schools and other public places to curb COVID-19, pointing to a drop in cases and hospitalizations.

The step by the state health department Wednesday comes days after all 10 county health agencies with K-12 masking requirements rescinded them, effective by the end of the month. They cover about 39% of the state’s population.

The state continues to urge masking in high-risk congregate settings, like health care facilities and jails.

Also Wednesday, Whitmer signed legislation to spend $1.2 billion in federal aid to fight the coronavirus.