Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on health care in that time as well as prison and juvenile justice reform. Roelofs spent nearly three decades at the Grand Rapids Press where he covered politics, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rural poverty and mental illness among the homeless. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Reach Ted at email@example.com
April 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
A halt on elective surgeries cripples rural hospitals with few or no coronavirus patients.
April 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Michigan will follow roughly 18 other states in publicly identifying nursing homes and long-term care facilities stricken by the virus. Watchdog groups say that is critical information for residents and their families.
April 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Chaplains fight a daily battle against despair as they minister to patients, family and staff.
April 17, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
At least 17 states now list nursing homes infected by COVID-19. Michigan, where hundreds of nursing home residents have died, is not among them.
April 10, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Michigan’s stay-at-home order has shut supply chains to restaurants and schools and decimated the market for many farmers. ‘This is about as worried as I’ve ever been,’ one says.
April 9, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Michigan will not release the names of nursing homes where there are COVID-19 infections, nor will the City of Detroit or Wayne County, citing privacy concerns. Other states are moving toward identifying infected nursing homes.
April 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Coronavirus is spreading in Michigan prisons. Should some inmates be released before they get sick?
March 31, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Prisons are limiting class sizes, but teachers and corrections officers worry about the spread of COVID-19, which has hit scores of inmates and staff. Officials say they are balancing health risks against the need for daily routine.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile
March 27, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
With 24 cases of the potentially deadly virus confirmed in Michigan prisons by Friday, experts warn that Michigan’s jails and prisons could see a deluge of COVID-19 cases
March 24, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Many small or rural hospitals were already struggling before COVID-19 forced them to halt the elective procedures that help pay the bills. They are looking largely toward the government to help them recover lost revenue.
March 20, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
It’s hard to practice “social distancing” with dozens of people in one room. How homeless shelters are trying to protect residents who are already among the most vulnerable to serious illness.
March 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Some hospitals are rationing gear to protect against COVID-19. A respiratory therapist said she has treated flu-like symptoms without an N95 mask. And Michigan’s governor is pleading for more protection gear.
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.
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 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Health experts say testing needs to ramp up to better track and slow down the spread of the virus. The state says it currently has capacity to test for 1,300 cases of the disease.
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.
March 11, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Restaurant and direct care workers with no paid sick leave could increase coronavirus risk for Michigan, which currently exempts businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being compelled to offer paid leave.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the cases late Tuesday involving two residents who recently traveled, one internationally.
March 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Enbridge Energy is spending millions for residential properties near Mackinaw City, apparently confident of winning lawsuits contesting a planned tunnel. Local residents say they welcome the revenue for schools and roads.