Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joined us from The Detroit News as Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike performed a similar role at the News, where his work showed, for instance, that just under half of all Detroit property owners paid their annual tax bills. He was also part of a team at The Blade of Toledo that won national honors, including the National Headliner and Gerald Loeb awards, for exposing widespread political corruption in a scandal that came to be known as Coingate. The stories led to political reform in Ohio state government. You can reach Mike via email at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com or call him at 313-815-7068.

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Despite brutal day, signs of hope in Michigan’s coronavirus curve

Despite brutal day, signs of hope in Michigan’s coronavirus curve

April 7, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Louis Aguilar, Riley Beggin

COVID-19 cases spiked yet again statewide on Tuesday, but Detroit’s rate is beginning to slow — and Michigan’s curve is looking less like that of New York by the day.

Michigan third in nation for coronavirus, last for data about patients

Michigan third in nation for coronavirus, last for data about patients

April 6, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

Unlike other states, Michigan doesn’t release information about coronavirus recoveries, patients on ventilators or in intensive care. Michigan is tied with six other states in releasing the least data, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Michigan coronavirus dashboard: cases, deaths and maps

Michigan coronavirus dashboard: cases, deaths and maps

April 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine’s Coronavirus Dashboard will be updated daily and provide graphics, charts and maps about the spread, location and demographics of the outbreak.

Black communities hit harder by coronavirus in Michigan, not just Detroit

Black communities hit harder by coronavirus in Michigan, not just Detroit

April 1, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

Communities with higher percentages of African Americans so far have been hit harder by the coronavirus in Michigan. Lawmakers want more data about victims to allocate resources, but some fear a backlash from publicizing the information.

Why did coronavirus spread so fast in Michigan compared to neighbors?

Why did coronavirus spread so fast in Michigan compared to neighbors?

March 31, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Coronavirus came to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois at about the same time. All states adopted similar distancing measures, but Michigan by that time had far more coronavirus cases than its neighbors. Bridge explains in charts.

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.

In life, he hosted Detroit’s grand funerals. COVID-19 makes his own uncertain

In life, he hosted Detroit’s grand funerals. COVID-19 makes his own uncertain

March 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

O’Neil Swanson was the man to call for decades for stately funerals in Detroit. But his own death shows how grieving has changed in the age of the coronavirus.

White House worried about rapid spike in Detroit coronavirus cases

White House worried about rapid spike in Detroit coronavirus cases

March 26, 2020 | Louis Aguilar, Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

The White House weighs in as Detroit reels from a spike in cases. The virus has struck a civil rights leader, state lawmaker and police officials, and health experts warn this is the beginning: ‘The people of the state are in serious risk,’ Mayor Duggan says.

 Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

March 25, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Anna Clark, Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Detroit, which faces a host of challenges, is the ‘epicenter’ of Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak. Some attribute that to testing. Others say city residents are more susceptible. All agree the rise burdens folks who are already suffering.

Michigan adjusts to strange, empty world of coronavirus lockdown

Michigan adjusts to strange, empty world of coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Valerie von Frank, Robin Erb

From empty streets to locked stores, Michigan residents awoke Tuesday morning to a state desperately trying to slow the spread of a potentially deadly virus.

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.

 Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

House Speaker Lee Chatfield wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue more executive orders to relax rules on health care, unemployment, child care and education.  He also wants free hunting license and alcohol take-out for restaurants struggling to stay open.

Parents urge Michigan to change rules about online learning during coronavirus

Parents urge Michigan to change rules about online learning during coronavirus

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan Schools Superintendent Michael Rice set off a firestorm Friday by saying online learning during the coronavirus crisis wouldn’t count. Now, educators and parents want legislators to change the law to ensure it does.

Oakland County closes malls, playgrounds as Michigan coronavirus cases soar

Oakland County closes malls, playgrounds as Michigan coronavirus cases soar

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads through Oakland County, leaders order the closure of malls and playground equipment and urge residents to stop non-essential travel.

Charting Michigan’s coronavirus path, hoping for South Korea and not Italy

Charting Michigan’s coronavirus path, hoping for South Korea and not Italy

March 20, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan went from one positive case to more than 500 in 10 days. Bridge mapped cases in four foreign countries as a guide to what the path of infection might look like in Michigan in the weeks ahead.

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

March 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As Michigan logs its first COVID-19 death, new research finds 4 of 5 of deaths in the United States are those who are 65 and older. As a whole, Michigan may be at greater risk because it has one of the oldest populations in the nation.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

Coronavirus will hammer Michigan economy. Only question is how much.

March 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Tom Henderson

How bad will it get? Many economists agree a major downturn is coming along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of layoffs. But others say if the coronavirus is contained soon, the economy could roar back.

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

March 16, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Hospitals are scrambling to create empty beds in anticipation of a wave of COVID-19 victims, a surge that could swamp the state’s health care system.

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.

States are taking drastic measures to contain coronavirus. Is Michigan next?

States are taking drastic measures to contain coronavirus. Is Michigan next?

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Michigan should consider containment, bans on gatherings to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the coronavirus, experts say. ‘If I overdo it, so be it,’ one expert says.

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