Ted Roelofs

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 ted.roelofs@gmail.com

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Rural Michigan hospitals gutted by coronavirus, even those without cases

Rural Michigan hospitals gutted by coronavirus, even those without cases

April 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A halt on elective surgeries cripples rural hospitals with few or no coronavirus patients.

Michigan to identify nursing homes infected by the coronavirus

Michigan to identify nursing homes infected by the coronavirus

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. 

Amid coronavirus deaths, Michigan hospital chaplains struggle to carry on

Amid coronavirus deaths, Michigan hospital chaplains struggle to carry on

April 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Chaplains fight a daily battle against despair as they minister to patients, family and staff.

Seniors dying from coronavirus. Michigan still won’t name nursing homes

Seniors dying from coronavirus. Michigan still won’t name nursing homes

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.

Michigan farmers fear ruin as coronavirus lockdown collapses prices

Michigan farmers fear ruin as coronavirus lockdown collapses prices

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.

Michigan nursing homes, where information on coronavirus goes to die

Michigan nursing homes, where information on coronavirus goes to die

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.

Michigan’s coronavirus dilemma: how to protect prisoners and public

Michigan’s coronavirus dilemma: how to protect prisoners and public

April 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Coronavirus is spreading in Michigan prisons. Should some inmates be released before they get sick?

Michigan prisons keep GED classes going despite fears of coronavirus

Michigan prisons keep GED classes going despite fears of coronavirus

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.

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

March 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile

Coronavirus cases surge in Michigan’s crowded prisons

Coronavirus cases surge in Michigan’s crowded prisons

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

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close

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.

Separating bunks and no hugs for kids: coronavirus and Michigan’s homeless

Separating bunks and no hugs for kids: coronavirus and Michigan’s homeless

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.

Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

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.

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.

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.

Michigan is ‘flying blind’ on coronavirus without more testing, experts say

Michigan is ‘flying blind’ on coronavirus without more testing, experts say

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.

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.

Fever, but must work. Will coronavirus change paid sick leave in Michigan?

Fever, but must work. Will coronavirus change paid sick leave in Michigan?

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.

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

Michigan reports first two coronavirus cases, in Wayne and Oakland counties

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the cases late Tuesday involving two residents who recently traveled, one internationally.

As Michigan battle rages on Line 5, Enbridge quietly buys land for tunnel

As Michigan battle rages on Line 5, Enbridge quietly buys land for tunnel

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. 

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