Ashley Wong

Ashley Wong is a freelance reporter and UC Berkeley graduate. She has been published at the Center for Public Integrity, USA TODAY, The Columbus Dispatch and East Bay Express.

Articles

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Some of Michigan’s most remote regions have so far been spared, at least in what’s been officially recorded. With a vast geography, few tests and even fewer hospital beds, they wait and hope for the best. 

Coronavirus hits Michigan hospitals, but where are all the other patients?

Coronavirus hits Michigan hospitals, but where are all the other patients?

April 8, 2020 | Ashley Wong, Kelly House

Emergency rooms and urgent care clinics say they are seeing a drop in visitors. Are people safe and snug at home? Or is fear of getting the coronavirus keeping them from seeking critical treatment for heart or other problems?

Coronavirus has Michigan funeral homes stretched thin, fearing safety

Coronavirus has Michigan funeral homes stretched thin, fearing safety

April 7, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Michigan funeral homes are running low on protective gear and N95 masks, forcing some to take drastic measures. One home says it may stop taking bodies altogether, while others have stopped embalming bodies.

Intensive care nurse in Flint dies of the coronavirus

Intensive care nurse in Flint dies of the coronavirus

April 6, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ashley Wong

The latest death underscores the danger and anxiety for health care workers on Michigan’s front lines as the virus spreads through the state.

For some recovering addicts, Michigan’s stay-home order sparks fear of relapse

For some recovering addicts, Michigan’s stay-home order sparks fear of relapse

March 27, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Michigan’s recovery community is scrambling to switch AA meetings online and to stagger appointments at methadone clinics, hoping to lesson in-person while still supporting recovering addicts and alcoholics.

How to give blood in Michigan during the coronavirus crisis

How to give blood in Michigan during the coronavirus crisis

March 24, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Hospitals report a shortage of blood with the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives across the state. At the same time, prospective donors say they have faced obstacles in getting an appointment. Follow this advice.

Michiganders stranded as Peru enforces a lockdown due to coronavirus

Michiganders stranded as Peru enforces a lockdown due to coronavirus

March 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

A Farmington Hills couple on their honeymoon, a pastor’s family, and a young Peace Corps volunteer tell stories of their efforts, so far unsuccessful, to return to Michigan from Peru. 

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

March 19, 2020 | Ashley Wong

With more than 100 cases and at least three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in lower Michigan, questions over closing the bridge do not appear to be seriously considered by state officials.