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Michigan health officers don’t need county approval for orders: Court

Posted On: Dec. 19, 2022 9:35 AM CST

County health officers don’t need approval from elected officials to issue public health orders, the Michigan Court of Appeals said in a precedent-setting decision related to protests over COVID-19 school mask mandates, reports The Associated Press. Mask orders were controversial when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration changed course and left key decisions to local health departments, which resulted in blistering criticism and tense confrontations at county board meetings in some parts of Michigan.