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

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

March 28, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Government

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

Phil Power | Lessons of Great Depression and past pandemics come home to roost

March 28, 2020 | Phil Power in Phil's Column

The pandemic is the worst for most of us — but hardly the first in recent world history. Those events offer lessons for current times.

In life, he hosted Detroit’s grand funerals. COVID-19 makes his own uncertain

March 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French in Urban Affairs

O’Neil Swanson was the man to call for decades for stately funerals in Detroit. But his own death shows how grieving has changed in the age of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Tracker: Detroit Police chief among 3,657 state cases

March 28, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

Coronavirus is now a global pandemic. This continuously updated post includes Michigan's confirmed cases, maps of locations, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Detroit hospital: We’re nowhere near ‘worst-case’ coronavirus decisions

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House in Michigan Health Watch

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.

For some recovering addicts, Michigan’s stay-home order sparks fear of relapse

March 27, 2020 | Ashley Wong in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan’s recovery community is scrambling to switch AA meetings online and to stagger appointments at methadone clinics, hoping to lesson in-person while still supporting recovering addicts and alcoholics.

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

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

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

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House in Michigan Health Watch

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.

Friday Coronavirus Q&A: Workplace hazards and giving birth during a pandemic

March 27, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? Should I practice social distancing at home? Can I get fired if I stay home with my kids?  Bridge answers these questions and many more in a feature to address the rapidly evolving health threat.

Coronavirus makes even finding water to help the needy a struggle in Detroit

March 26, 2020 | Martina Guzmán in Urban Affairs

Hoarding has made bottled water a scarce commodity in Michigan, complicating efforts to deliver the bare essentials to thousands of Detroit residents.

White House worried about rapid spike in Detroit coronavirus cases

March 26, 2020 | Louis Aguilar, Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin in Urban Affairs

The White House weighs in as Detroit reels from a spike in cases. The virus has struck a civil rights leader, state lawmaker and police officials, and health experts warn this is the beginning: ‘The people of the state are in serious risk,’ Mayor Duggan says.

As Detroit ICUs fill, officials ask outstate hospitals to share the load

March 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Hospitals outside of southeast Michigan are being asked for 10 percent of their beds for coronavirus patients as the state looks for “alternative sites” for field hospitals.

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