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Michigan has 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in nation, 5th highest deaths

Michigan has 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in nation, 5th highest deaths

November 18, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan now ranks sixth nationally in coronavirus cases and fifth for the number of COVID-19 related deaths, state health officials say.

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

October 7, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan is among eight states nationally that have not released details about the number of children who've died from novel coronavirus since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 vaccine race heats up with clinical trials at 3 Michigan sites

COVID-19 vaccine race heats up with clinical trials at 3 Michigan sites

September 2, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan Medicine, Henry Ford and a medical research center based in Farmington Hills are involved in Phase 3 clinical trials to find a safe and effective vaccine for a virus that has killed over 183,000 people in the United States.

Michigan hospitals hardest hit by coronavirus get $850M, say they need more

Michigan hospitals hardest hit by coronavirus get $850M, say they need more

July 1, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Even with federal relief funds intended for providers slammed by COVID-19 patients, some hospitals say they are still shedding jobs to balance their books during the outbreak.

 
 

Trinity Health Michigan lays off, furloughs another 1,000 employees

Trinity Health Michigan lays off, furloughs another 1,000 employees

June 30, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Layoffs and schedule reductions for 1,000 full-time workers or their equivalents will begin this week and continue through the end of July at Trinity Health Michigan, which includes the St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health. 

The painful truth: A wife with questions gets answers from a nurse who saw her husband die

The painful truth: A wife with questions gets answers from a nurse who saw her husband die

June 28, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

The pain of not knowing what happened to her husband after she dropped him off at a Detroit Hospital, torments Denise Chandler. A former nurse helps.

Report: Michigan hospitals shorted $130K per COVID-19 patient in federal aid

Report: Michigan hospitals shorted $130K per COVID-19 patient in federal aid

June 24, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

A new report highlights disparities in how federal coronavirus relief money was distributed, suggesting Michigan hospitals were shorted.

Sinai-Grace nurses file lawsuit, allege patients died because hospital was short-staffed

Sinai-Grace nurses file lawsuit, allege patients died because hospital was short-staffed

June 11, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Sinai-Grace nurses: Dozens died because a Detroit hospital was short-staffed.

Michigan hospitals reopen to visitors after coronavirus, but rules vary

Michigan hospitals reopen to visitors after coronavirus, but rules vary

June 9, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Here is what you need to know about resuming visits to Michigan hospitals following restrictions to stem the flow of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

May 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn.

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

May 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Doctors are warning parents to watch for symptoms of pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 that can impact the heart. They urge parents to call their pediatrician early if symptoms appear.

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

May 10, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

The Inkster couple who did everything together journeys back from the brink of death. Their story demonstrates that leaving the hospital is just one step in a long way back from COVID-19.

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

April 27, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on nurses, doctors and other health care workers. Health systems aren’t always eager to publicly acknowledge those who died.  

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

April 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

DMC CEO Audrey Gregory said the Detroit-based system has invested meaningfully in medical education and hospital facilities. She would not talk about controversies that made headlines during the coronavirus surge.

Beaumont CEO says he's taking a 70% pay cut as layoffs sweep through administrative staff

Beaumont CEO says he's taking a 70% pay cut as layoffs sweep through administrative staff

April 21, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

With Michigan's largest hospital system "financially hemorrhaging" and under a cloud of uncertainty for at least the next two years, the CEO of Beaumont Health says he's taking a 70 percent cut to his base pay and is forgoing any bonuses.

Beaumont Health security breach puts personal information of 112,000 at risk

Beaumont Health security breach puts personal information of 112,000 at risk

April 17, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Among the details that may have been leaked to "an unauthorized third party" include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical conditions, and in some cases, bank account information and driver's license numbers. 

Detroit hospitals resuming surgeries, procedures after weeks of red ink

Detroit hospitals resuming surgeries, procedures after weeks of red ink

April 16, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Henry Ford Health System, DMC and others say they are expanding surgeries and other procedures that had been halted for weeks during the coronavirus crisis.

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

April 16, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

From metropolitan health systems to independent rural hospitals, hospital budgets are taking big financial hits as surgeries and other money making medical procedures are put on hold.

Beaumont sidelines one hospital site as coronavirus surge stalls

Beaumont sidelines one hospital site as coronavirus surge stalls

April 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

That slowing of coronavirus cases has prompted the state's largest hospital system to reassess staffing and space.

Michigan Medicine: 22,000 coronavirus surgical masks from feds don’t work

Michigan Medicine: 22,000 coronavirus surgical masks from feds don’t work

April 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

The Ann Arbor-based health system said 2,000 of the masks were distributed to health workers but were found to be unusable, so they are not using any of them. This follows similar mask complaints from Alabama and Oregon.

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