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Opinion | Thinking of traveling this inauguration week? Postpone your trip.

Opinion | Thinking of traveling this inauguration week? Postpone your trip.

January 17, 2021 | Roger Rapoport

Guest Commentary: Unruly passengers on flights, blocked lodging reservations and a shortage of hospital beds complicate matters.

Coronavirus Tracker | Washtenaw Co. woman first in Michigan with COVID variant; new cases fall under 2,000

Coronavirus Tracker | Washtenaw Co. woman first in Michigan with COVID variant; new cases fall under 2,000

January 16, 2021 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Opinion | As we plan for life post-pandemic, let's pivot to a new normal

Opinion | As we plan for life post-pandemic, let's pivot to a new normal

January 13, 2021 | Michael Rice

It’s not just pre-pandemic lessons from which we need to draw. We also need to learn from lessons from the pandemic, Michigan's superintendent writes.

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

January 13, 2021 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting

‘Everything we’ve worked for is in jeopardy,’ says Andy French of Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill. Feb. 1 is the most recently announced possible date for reopening, but state officials still have not released specific requirements.

Not if, but when: Michigan on lookout for faster-moving COVID variant

Not if, but when: Michigan on lookout for faster-moving COVID variant

January 13, 2021 | Robin Erb

Identifying new variants of COVID is a high-tech, genetic search for a “needle in a haystack,” with just two labs doing the work in a state with thousands of new coronavirus samples each day. But while Michigan studies only a small sliver of testing specimens, it’s doing better than other states.

Michigan defends COVID vaccine rollout, says it’s not as bad as data suggest

Michigan defends COVID vaccine rollout, says it’s not as bad as data suggest

January 13, 2021 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan officials blame a reporting lag for vaccine undercounts as federal officials warn that states with poor performance will get fewer doses when reserves are released.

COVID trends improve in Michigan. Will Whitmer lift restaurant dining ban?

COVID trends improve in Michigan. Will Whitmer lift restaurant dining ban?

January 12, 2021 | Mike Wilkinson

Restrictions due to expire on Friday may have helped Michigan avoid a surge in coronavirus that swept the nation, but its unemployment rate is higher than most states.

Older adults in Michigan frustrated in efforts to get COVID vaccine

Older adults in Michigan frustrated in efforts to get COVID vaccine

January 12, 2021 | Robin Erb

 A week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced people 65 and older would be eligible for a vaccine, health department websites and other government offices are being flooded by residents trying to get registered.

Opinion | Why I'm fighting for policies that will help small businesses recover

Opinion | Why I'm fighting for policies that will help small businesses recover

January 11, 2021 | Sharon McRill

I’m joining other Michigan small business owners in pleading for our elected officials to step up with a comprehensive plan for small businesses.

Henry Ford study on hydroxychloroquine for COVID quietly shut down

Henry Ford study on hydroxychloroquine for COVID quietly shut down

January 11, 2021 | Robin Erb

Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan touted the study in April as a possible game-changer in protecting first responders from the deadly virus. But low participation and criticism of the health system’s research doomed the effort, which was ended before Christmas.

My year covering the health beat during Michigan’s COVID crisis

My year covering the health beat during Michigan’s COVID crisis

January 11, 2021 | Robin Erb

Chronicling a pandemic is a reminder of our shared resilience and what we can achieve in laboratories, at bedsides, in classrooms and at kitchen tables. While 2020 was awful, let’s remember what we’ve gained amid the loss.

Michigan ended surprise medical bills, but left out ground ambulances

Michigan ended surprise medical bills, but left out ground ambulances

January 11, 2021 | Ted Roelofs

Despite recent reforms that shield patients from unexpected bills they thought were covered by insurance, ground ambulance services can still charge high fees if they are outside a patient’s insurance network. A lawmaker promises to look into the matter.

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

January 8, 2021 | Ron French

Ten months after she ordered all schools to close to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said it’s time to plan for reopening classes. Recent studies show schools can remain safe with certain precautions, while there can be a heavy price for keeping children isolated.

Millions eligible for Michigan COVID vaccine, but plans vary by location

Millions eligible for Michigan COVID vaccine, but plans vary by location

January 8, 2021 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Unclear data and messaging, a lurching supply chain and a growing chorus of finger-pointing dogs the state’s early vaccine plan as people over 65 seek protection against COVID-19.

Michigan opens COVID vaccine to those 65 and older, other frontline workers

Michigan opens COVID vaccine to those 65 and older, other frontline workers

January 6, 2021 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defended the state’s uneven vaccine distribution program. The expanded list of people who can get vaccines starting next week includes police, teachers and others more at risk.

After weeks of positive COVID news, Michigan faces more peril

After weeks of positive COVID news, Michigan faces more peril

January 6, 2021 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state health officials note a rise in cases and positivity rates, and worry about a new variant of the coronavirus as well as a possible post-holiday spike.

Thousands of Michigan health workers are turning down COVID vaccines

Thousands of Michigan health workers are turning down COVID vaccines

January 4, 2021 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Some frontline health care workers and first responders are reluctant to take the vaccine, contributing to Michigan having one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the nation.

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

December 31, 2020 | Bridge Staff

The pandemic forced Michigan schools to go remote. It didn’t always go well. This week, Bridge revisits its most impactful stories.

Best of Bridge Michigan: Our top coronavirus stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: Our top coronavirus stories of 2020

December 29, 2020 | Bridge Staff

In a year like none other, 2020 was in many ways defined by a relentless pandemic that touched every element of life and killed thousands of Michiganders.

Opinion | Detroiters help each other — but the need for food is desperate

Opinion | Detroiters help each other — but the need for food is desperate

December 25, 2020 | Winona Bynum

As coronavirus case counts rise, we know the virus itself is not at all over, nor is the economic crisis that came in its wake. We need real policy solutions that focus on the human toll of the virus.

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