Robin Erb

Robin Erb, who leads health coverage for Michigan Health Watch, believes it is our personal stories that keep us connected on common ground, whatever the break-neck fragmentation of a digital world. A long-time journalist, Robin previously spent six years at the Detroit Free Press chronicling the fight against - and sometimes the triumph over - our most horrific diseases. Her award-winning stories chronicled the battle over the Affordable Care Act, state expansion of Medicaid, cutting-edge research led by Michigan’s hospitals and universities, deadly mistakes and extraordinary care in Michigan’s nursing homes, and a nearly forgotten mix-up of chemicals in cattle feed in the 1970s and its lingering effects today. She holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science from Miami University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Lourdes University (Toledo, Oh). You can contact Robin at rerb@bridgemi.com or 734-725-1155.

Articles

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 metro Detroit, coronavirus deaths spike overnight amid ventilator need

In metro Detroit, coronavirus deaths spike overnight amid ventilator need

March 30, 2020 | Robin Erb

Oakland County executive Dave Coulter issued a call for masks and ventilators at the beginning of what he called “the most challenging week yet.”

Coronavirus, an ‘almost perfect killing machine,’ hits Michigan nursing homes

Coronavirus, an ‘almost perfect killing machine,’ hits Michigan nursing homes

March 29, 2020 | Robin Erb

COVID-19  has breached the walls at Michigan nursing homes, where vulnerable residents are at risk because of tight quarters, a shortage of supplies and low-paid workers. In Macomb County, one home is begging for help.

Khaldun: Michigan has coronavirus testing supplies ‘through another week'

Khaldun: Michigan has coronavirus testing supplies ‘through another week'

March 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

State’s remains in “dire need” of supplies. For every infected patient, hospitals need 10 specialized N95 masks, Michigan’s chief medical executive, Joneigh Khaldun, told Bridge.

Trump grants some disaster aid to Michigan; state also gets N95 masks

Trump grants some disaster aid to Michigan; state also gets N95 masks

March 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

Disaster package loosens federal funds to help cover costs related to COVID-19 — from medical supplies to personal protective equipment to child care.

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.

Separated in their own home, a Michigan family adjusts to coronavirus

Separated in their own home, a Michigan family adjusts to coronavirus

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb

A Canton Township family endures a week of sadness, frustration and surprising moments of joy after a diagnosis of COVID-19 and self-quarantine.

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.

 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.

Alarm grows as Michigan hospitals begin to fill with coronavirus cases

Alarm grows as Michigan hospitals begin to fill with coronavirus cases

March 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

Hospitals are still waiting on critical supplies and workers are concerned about staying safe as a surge in COVID-19 cases is anticipated across the state.

Michigan hospitals turn to quilting scraps, DIY videos to fight coronavirus

Michigan hospitals turn to quilting scraps, DIY videos to fight coronavirus

March 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

The state is trying to learn exactly what resources hospitals are working with. In the meantime, health care workers are taking measures into their own hands.

Michigan farmers, distributors worried by coronavirus threat to supply chain

Michigan farmers, distributors worried by coronavirus threat to supply chain

March 19, 2020 | Robin Erb

Food producers and processors are having difficulty getting products to grocers. Add labor shortages to the mix and state agriculture officials say the situation is unprecedented.

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

March 17, 2020 | Robin Erb

The new tests are meant to quicken results for those already hospitalized with symptoms, it will not speed up drive-up screening. Henry Ford expects to test up to 1,000 specimens daily in a month.

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

March 16, 2020 | Robin Erb

Providers are trying to limit COVID-19 testing to the sickest or most at risk of spreading the infection. But shifting criteria and a lack of available tests are causing confusion, even among some doctors.

Michigan seniors face coronavirus, and the fear of being left alone

Michigan seniors face coronavirus, and the fear of being left alone

March 15, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

For many of Michigan’s elderly, shuttered senior centers, bans on visits at nursing homes and canceled worship services threaten to cut off contact with friends and children.

Empty pews and open parking at one small-town Michigan church

Empty pews and open parking at one small-town Michigan church

March 15, 2020 | Robin Erb

The new coronavirus offers an extraordinary opportunity to build community — safely, at arm’s length — one pastor assured a mostly empty church.

Coronavirus doesn’t kill the party in Michigan. And that has many worried.

Coronavirus doesn’t kill the party in Michigan. And that has many worried.

March 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

 From college towns to big cities, Michiganders are crowding into bars despite warnings from health officials. That has some calling for Michigan to adopt stricter limits.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

March 14, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Some doctor’s offices are telling patients with flu-like symptoms to stay out of their office to avoid infecting others. And as one man learned, getting tested for coronavirus can be a fool’s errand.

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.

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