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, Ohio). You can contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-725-1155.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 13, 2020 | Robin Erb
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s top medical and school leaders announced the new cases, which brings Michigan’s total to 12. The state also is closing schools for three weeks to slow the illness.
Michigan has the lowest rate of public health funding in the Midwest, and local governments may strain to provide other services in the wake of the coronavirus.
March 5, 2020 | Robin Erb
Cons and conspiracies abound in Michigan as residents brace for coronavirus. Now would also be a good time to tell you not to drink bleach.
March 4, 2020 | Robin Erb
A federal judge’s decision to halt the Medicaid work law in Michigan follows the suspension of such laws elsewhere. Tens of thousands of residents had failed to follow its reporting requirements