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.

Articles

 Part nurse, part detective: A day in the life of a Michigan contact tracer

Part nurse, part detective: A day in the life of a Michigan contact tracer

May 9, 2020 | Kelly House

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Michigan, Christina Zilke has been on a mission to make sure COVID-19 carriers don’t spread the disease.  Soon, there will be thousands of others like her tracing the movements and staying in touch with those infected by the illness.

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

Michigan to Enbridge: Line 5 tunnel permit application is incomplete

Michigan to Enbridge: Line 5 tunnel permit application is incomplete

May 6, 2020 | Kelly House

In a letter to the Canadian oil company, state officials said Enbridge must fix omissions in its application to build the Line 5 tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac before they can review the application.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

May 5, 2020 | Kelly House

Government agencies are using drones, cameras and other technology to keep tabs on the coronavirus pandemic, and more is on the way. That begs the question: How much individual freedom should Michiganders trade in exchange for increased public safety?

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

May 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Northern Michigan has more than half of the state’s land mass and 2 percent of its coronavirus cases. As Gov. Whitmer says she’ll take geography into account to reopen the economy, Bridge examines regional differences in cases, hospital capacity, testing and unemployment.

Michigan tribes losing police, health budgets as coronavirus shuts casinos

Michigan tribes losing police, health budgets as coronavirus shuts casinos

April 27, 2020 | Kelly House

Casinos insulate Michigan tribal budgets against a chronic shortage of federal funding. But with casinos shuttered to prevent COVID-19 spread, tribal leaders now find themselves wondering how to fund key programs.

Detroit’s Henry Ford joins coronavirus red ink, furloughs 2,800 workers

Detroit’s Henry Ford joins coronavirus red ink, furloughs 2,800 workers

April 22, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

The Detroit-based hospital system is the latest in a string of medical providers to announce deep staff cuts as the coronavirus pandemic dries up revenue streams.

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

April 22, 2020 | Kelly House

The energy giant has submitted a flurry of permit applications in its bid to replace the aging Line 5 oil and gas pipeline, sparking concerns from opponents who argue regulators should delay decisions until the coronavirus emergency ends.

MSU nursing student trades class time for 12-hour shifts on coronavirus ICU

MSU nursing student trades class time for 12-hour shifts on coronavirus ICU

April 20, 2020 | Kelly House

Johnny Choi was logging two shifts a month as an extern at Novi’s Ascension Providence Hospital before the pandemic hit. Now, the 22-year-old nursing student is pulling long hours in a COVID-19 intensive care unit.

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.

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