Local news produced by our reporters here at WMUK

The photo shows several young woman holding signs and wearing face masks. One is also walking a red bicycle.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Medical experts are urging people to keep wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but Kalamazoo County’s health officer admits they can be stifling in hot weather. Jim Rutherford says people have to find a face covering that works for them, which might mean opting for one that’s thinner or less extensive.

“It’s OK to try to find a lighter mask,” Rutherford told WMUK. “You certainly want to be able to use it when you’re in close contact.”

Two sandhill cranes stand roughly in profile, facing away from each other in a reedy wetland
Courtesy photo / Bill Maxey

Like many people, Bill Maxey has been seeing more wildlife during the shutdown.

“Long retired” from the Upjohn Company, Maxey lives near Comstock Creek east of Kalamazoo. He's been home more than usual since March.

A close-up picture of an older man's hands folded across a cane. The man is wearing a gold wedding band on his left hand.
Pixabay / Pexels.com

Home health aides have kept working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Their help is essential for people who need a hand with things like laundry, meals and housework. But the virus has changed the job.

“The first thing that happened was I lost some of my clients, because they’re older people. Older people are more susceptible, of course, to coming down with COVID. And they were afraid,” Lee (not her real name) told WMUK.

Meghan Feeman

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all kids to some degree. But it's meant big changes for those with special needs, and for those who work with them.

OutFront Kalamazoo

Pride Month celebrating Kalamazoo's LGBTQ+ community starts Friday, June 12, a week later than originally planned.