Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up

March 30, 2020 | Ron French

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to close schools for the year, graduate seniors, move other students up a grade, waive the third-grade reading law and ensure teachers and other staff are paid.

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

March 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

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

Tuesday Coronavirus Q&A: Child custody, back taxes and car sales

March 31, 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.

As coronavirus bears down, Detroit enters a grim new phase

March 30, 2020 | Kelly House, Robin Erb, Riley Beggin, Louis Aguilar, Mike Wilkinson in Urban Affairs

In metro Detroit, the epicenter of Michigan’s outbreak, the pandemic is spreading rapidly as hospitals, government leaders and residents deal with medical shortages and some painful goodbyes.

Coronavirus Tracker: Statewide, cases hit 6,498; school year set to end

March 30, 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.

In metro Detroit, coronavirus deaths spike overnight amid ventilator need

March 30, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Oakland County executive Dave Coulter issued a call for masks and ventilators at the beginning of what he called “the most challenging week yet.”

Michigan may need another 8,000 ventilators as coronavirus outbreak worsens

March 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan’s top doctors says the state could need 10,000 ventilators and only has 1,700. The shortage is one of several Michigan officials are confronting as cases spike in southeast Michigan.


Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

March 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Bracing for what could be a multibillion dollar loss in state revenue, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders on Monday agreed to cancel $80 million in special project spending as they focus dwindling state resources on the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

March 30, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

Do you need help with food or cash through this coronavirus crisis? Want to know where to go to help?  We have a list of Michigan resources. 

Coronavirus, an ‘almost perfect killing machine,’ hits Michigan nursing homes

March 29, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

COVID-19  has breached the walls at Michigan nursing homes, where vulnerable residents are at risk because of tight quarters, a shortage of supplies and low-paid workers. In Macomb County, one home is begging for help.

In battle-tested Detroit, neighbors help each other as coronavirus spreads

March 29, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Anna Clark in Urban Affairs

Detroit and the rest of Wayne County comprise nearly half of Michigan’s coronavirus cases, forcing residents to summon resilience forged through decades of crisis.

Khaldun: Michigan has coronavirus testing supplies ‘through another week'

March 28, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

State’s remains in “dire need” of supplies. For every infected patient, hospitals need 10 specialized N95 masks, Michigan’s chief medical executive, Joneigh Khaldun, told Bridge.

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 related to COVID-19 — from medical supplies to personal protective equipment to child care.