Kelly House covers Michigan environmental issues for Bridge. She joined the Bridge staff in March 2020. Previously, Kelly reported for the Oregonian, where her coverage of the environment and other topics garnered national honors and sparked state efforts to better protect Oregon’s natural resources. She has a master’s degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University. She is from Harrison and lives in Lansing. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.
You can go to work, but prepare to have your temperature taken at the door. You can visit your family, but not the bar. Baseball season may never start. A peek into your future when Michigan’s stay-home order ends.
April 14, 2020 | Kelly House
As hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots are in a bidding war for critical care nurses while laying off others, experts say a mismatch of labor needs and supply during the pandemic has serious consequences.
Fewer COVID-19 patients are entering the Henry Ford and Michigan Medicine health systems and, at Henry Ford, more people are coming off ventilators than are going on.
April 8, 2020 | Kelly House
Bryan Newland, chairman of the northeastern Upper Peninsula tribe, said Bay Mills Indian Community leaders had no choice but to stop paying employees of the tribe’s resort and casinos after a request for federal relief loans went unanswered.
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?
April 6, 2020 | Kelly House
Henry Ford is among several metro Detroit hospitals struggling to respond to a major influx of COVID-19 patients. As the virus threatens its capacity, Henry Ford is likely to request volunteers from other hospitals.
Lisa Ewald believed she was exposed when treating a patient who later tested positive. She had no mask, and could not get tested until she showed symptoms. She is one of three Detroit nurses who lost their lives this week while helping others.
As coronavirus cases mount, officials say they’ll charge rule breakers up to $1,000 or lock them up. In Detroit, the city is threatening to close parks, while Flint has imposed a citywide curfew
April 1, 2020 | Kelly House
In heavily industrialized southwest Detroit, the governor’s stay-at-home order has not yet meant measurable improvement in air quality.
In metro Detroit, the epicenter of Michigan’s outbreak, the pandemic is spreading rapidly as hospitals, government leaders and residents deal with medical shortages and some painful goodbyes.
Henry Ford Health System reassures patients and public following the release of an ethics guideline that discusses who should get ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic. Other hospitals have similar policies.
Guidelines by Henry Ford Health System are leaked onto social media detailing how the sickest patients may not get ventilator care. The draft letter outlines an ‘absolute worst-case scenario’ that hospital officials say has not yet come.
March 24, 2020 | Kelly House
Alcona County has high rates of diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses and hardly a doctor in sight. Residents here are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, when it hits.
Already gearing for a recession, Michigan faces billions of dollars in lost wages and tens of thousands of job cuts. Using maps and charts, Bridge explains how the impact of the coronavirus shutdown will vary widely by industry and maps.
March 20, 2020 | Kelly House
In one sparsely populated, vast Northern Michigan school district, school buses are delivering meals to students who otherwise might go hungry amid a three-week shutdown of the state’s schools.
March 17, 2020 | Kelly House
For grocery workers tasked with serving Michigan customers during the coronavirus pandemic, a nagging question: Does my job put me in the virus’ crosshairs?
Bridge has reached out to the experts to answer your most pressing questions on how to protect your family and what steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe from the new coronavirus.
March 13, 2020 | Kelly House
With stores across Michigan running out of cleaning supplies, soap and hand sanitizer as residents seek to protect themselves from coronavirus, a homemade sanitizer recipe may come in handy
March 12, 2020 | Kelly House
MSU emptied out quickly Wednesday as the school put an end to in-person classes until April. Some students worried about the quality of virtual education. Another is staying in the dorms to avoid his younger sister back home.