Kelly House

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 khouse@bridgemi.com or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.

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Back to work, but not to normal: life in Michigan when coronavirus ebbs

Back to work, but not to normal: life in Michigan when coronavirus ebbs

April 17, 2020 | Kelly House, Mike Wilkinson

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.

Michigan nurses getting fat pay raises or pink slips in coronavirus crisis

Michigan nurses getting fat pay raises or pink slips in coronavirus crisis

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.

Detroit doctor predicts coronavirus peak in ‘few days' amid hopeful signs

Detroit doctor predicts coronavirus peak in ‘few days' amid hopeful signs

April 9, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Kelly House

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.

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

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.

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?

Detroit hospital: 734 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

Detroit hospital: 734 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

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.

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

April 4, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Kelly House, Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press

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.

Social distancing crackdown coming in Michigan as coronavirus deaths mount

Social distancing crackdown coming in Michigan as coronavirus deaths mount

April 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Kelly House

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

Coronavirus shutdown not yet helping air in Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code

Coronavirus shutdown not yet helping air in Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code

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.

As coronavirus bears down, Detroit enters a grim new phase

As coronavirus bears down, Detroit enters a grim new phase

March 30, 2020 | Kelly House, Robin Erb, Riley Beggin, Louis Aguilar, Mike Wilkinson

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.

Detroit hospital: We’re nowhere near ‘worst-case’ coronavirus decisions

Detroit hospital: We’re nowhere near ‘worst-case’ coronavirus decisions

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

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.

Detroit hospital warns some coronavirus patients may not get ventilators

Detroit hospital warns some coronavirus patients may not get ventilators

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

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.

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

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.

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

March 23, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

 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.

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

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.

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

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?

Can I get tested for coronavirus in Michigan and other questions answered

Can I get tested for coronavirus in Michigan and other questions answered

March 13, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

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.

How to make your own hand sanitizer during coronavirus shortage

How to make your own hand sanitizer during coronavirus shortage

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

At Michigan State, deciding whether to go home or stay for the meal plan

At Michigan State, deciding whether to go home or stay for the meal plan

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.

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