In this edition of Focal Point, we’ll a visit a comedy club with a cause; take a look at a rally to reopen schools at the Michigan State Capitol; get a sneak peek inside the MSU greenhouses on campus. In entertainment, we’ll take a look at a new movie to hit the digital movie market. In sports, take a look at highlights from both men and women’s hoops, as well as soccer from DeMartin Stadium. This week’s weather might require you to bring out your snow shovel again. Here’s a look at your 7-Day forecast:
Weather graphics by Connie Rahbany and Collin Membiela.
Flu season is nearing its end, but was it ever really here? Sparrow Doctor Paul Entler noticed that this year’s flu season has been significantly less aggressive. “We had one case in the hospital,” he said. “Being vigilant about washing your hands and those masks, I think really prevented portals of entry of viruses that normally would be there.” Safety protocols that have been enforced over the last year have been productive in fighting against the flu and other illness, not just COVID-19.
The state of Michigan saw an increase in cases of dog flu this year. More than 160 cases were reported in the state. Dr. Stephen Carey, a professor in small animal clinical sciences in the college of veterinary medicine at Michigan State University, said compared to last year, this year’s increase was fairly strong. “In climates like Michigan, where we have really harsh winters, that tends to be more frequent over the summer,” Dr. Carey said. According to the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, the flu infection started out in southeast Michigan in the Detroit area.