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Michigan health chief cites 'broad' authority, issues virus rules

Robert Gordon says mask rules he issued this week cannot be voluntary and orders set common expectations for everyone.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this June 26, 2019 file photo, Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will make it easier for low-income residents to qualify for public assistance by raising the limit on the value of assets they can have. The Democrat announced the changes Thursday Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David Eggert File)

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s health chief says he has “broad” legal authority to curb the coronavirus.

Robert Gordon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday issued additional orders reinstituting restrictions negated by a state Supreme Court ruling and requiring schools to notify the public of infections. 

He told local health departments to inform K-12 schools within 24 hours of learning of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. A school must post it on its website.

Gordon says mask rules he issued this week cannot be voluntary and orders set common expectations for everyone.

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