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Michigan hospital workers weary as public support fades, COVID cases rise

Michigan hospital workers weary as public support fades, COVID cases rise

November 20, 2020 | Dustin Dwyer, Michigan Radio, Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

The sadness and stress of handling so many COVID patients is getting to the state’s frontline health care workers, many of whom already struggled to cope in a job with long hours, little gratitude and daily tragedy.

Losing one of their own to COVID: Flint hospital mourns beloved nurse

Losing one of their own to COVID: Flint hospital mourns beloved nurse

November 12, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

Santa Staples, born on Christmas Day, was a singular presence at McClaren, where she ran the operating room with military precision. A nurse for 33 years, she died Saturday of COVID-19, one of at least two Michigan nurses lost to the virus in the past week.

Michigan COVID-19 hospital patients got unneeded antibiotics during surge

Michigan COVID-19 hospital patients got unneeded antibiotics during surge

August 27, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

As the coronavirus surged through Michigan last spring, doctors often gave new patients unnecessary antibiotics as they awaited test results, resulting in resistance to antibiotics later in their hospital stays when they developed infections. 

Despite FDA delay, Michigan to keep using convalescent plasma for COVID-19

Despite FDA delay, Michigan to keep using convalescent plasma for COVID-19

August 20, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

The FDA has delayed approving broader use of convalescent plasma until more randomized studies are completed. But Henry Ford and U-M doctors will continue to study the promising treatment on coronavirus patients. 

Michigan study: Hydroxychloroquine saved lives among coronavirus patients

Michigan study: Hydroxychloroquine saved lives among coronavirus patients

July 2, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

The drug’s effects had been called into question after a series of studies and controversies since it was promoted by President Trump. A study at Henry Ford Health System found lower death rates when the drug is given early. 

Insomnia, flashbacks hitting Michigan hospital workers as coronavirus ebbs

Insomnia, flashbacks hitting Michigan hospital workers as coronavirus ebbs

June 3, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Kelly House

Burnout and suicide rates were already high among health care workers. Now, hospital systems and mental health providers are responding to trauma caused by the intensity of responding to COVID-19.

Treatment and trials go on, but Michigan doctors split on coronavirus drug

Treatment and trials go on, but Michigan doctors split on coronavirus drug

May 8, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Robin Erb, Kelly House

Hydroxychloroquine was touted early on as possible treatment for COVID-19 patients, but a growing body of research points to possibly deadly side effects

These Michigan doctors treated coronavirus: Here’s what they learned

These Michigan doctors treated coronavirus: Here’s what they learned

May 5, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

Southeast Michigan doctors got a crash course in treating COVID-19, an experience that caused them to question what they thought they knew about the coronavirus and how to keep patients alive. Some hospitals reached different results.

You can now see how many coronavirus patients are in each Michigan hospital

You can now see how many coronavirus patients are in each Michigan hospital

April 24, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

You can now look up the number of COVID-19 patients at a particular hospital or health system, as well as the total capacity of beds being used, and the number of days of personal protective equipment left on hand.

After her patients died alone, Detroit doctor raises money for tablets

After her patients died alone, Detroit doctor raises money for tablets

April 23, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

Dr. Luda Khait-Vlisides had to look through her patient’s phone to find his daughter’s number, so she could tell her her father had died.