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
June 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
An analysis of K-12 schools found huge numbers of low-income students in rural and urban areas lack Internet access or the computers needed for online education. Without equal access, achievement gaps are likely to grow.
Michigan health officials finally announced the death toll for nursing homes and the results were sobering. Dozens of nursing homes had 20 deaths or more.
June 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Stir-crazy from quarantine, Michiganders are snapping up bicycles as fast as stores can stock them. Hunting and fishing license purchases are also up dramatically as residents find comfort and urgency in exploring more of the outdoors.
June 10, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
State health officials say they will finally reveal COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. But this leaves out tens of thousands of vulnerable residents at homes for the aged, adult foster care and unlicensed assisted-living facilities.
June 5, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Heated demonstrations against police violence, and police reaction to them, have created tense moments and fatal encounters between police and protesters. Here are some proven tactics for police to turn down the temperature.
June 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Experts expect a wave of mental health issues for adolescents and young adults following months of quarantine during the coronavirus crisis.
Police departments in several Michigan cities have a lower share of African-American officers than the communities they serve, leading to some scars that have yet to heal.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its count of nursing home COVID-19 cases is likely inaccurate. And the agency still cannot accurately list how many senior residents have died from virus complications.
As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’
May 22, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
At least a half-dozen sheriffs have resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the coronavirus crisis; some belong to a national group that says sheriffs are the final authority on the constitution within their county.
May 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Untouched until now by COVID-19, this Upper Peninsula tourist haven needs thousands of downstate visitors to keep its economy alive. The opening of restaurants and bars may not be enough to save many of its businesses.
Protest organizers include at least six people connected to the “medical freedom” movement, with some promoting conspiracies about the pandemic and vaccine testing. The protest comes as health officials report steep declines in child immunization rates in Michigan.
May 13, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Financial pressures from the pandemic could spell the end of more independent medical practices in Michigan, which critics fear will result in less personalized care and fewer doctors in rural regions.
May 5, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
Mental health advocates highlight a rise in anxiety from the pandemic and economic disruption in Michigan, as experts devise ways to help health care workers and ordinary residents in an extraordinary time.
April 30, 2020 | Ted Roelofs
West Michigan hospitals say they are ready as a spike in COVID-19 cases hit the region. Hospital executives are implementing techniques picked up from Chicago and Detroit to improve the odds faced by desperately-ill patients.
For the first time, Michigan regulators released records about the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. It’s as bad as many thought: more than 2,100 cases at 141 homes. (With database to search for homes)
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.