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Trump urges schools to reopen during coronavirus. Michigan parents say no.

Trump urges schools to reopen during coronavirus. Michigan parents say no.

April 28, 2020 | Ron French

A recent poll of Michigan families with K-12 students shows overwhelming, bipartisan support for keeping classrooms closed for the rest of this school year.

Gov. Whitmer urged coronavirus tests for all key workers. Don’t bank on it

Gov. Whitmer urged coronavirus tests for all key workers. Don’t bank on it

April 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Brie Zeltner

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week that all of Michigan’s essential workers should get tested, even those without symptoms. That’s easier said than done, as many hospitals and test sites say they still lack capacity to test workers with no symptoms.

As coronavirus ravages nursing homes, Michigan records spotty at best

As coronavirus ravages nursing homes, Michigan records spotty at best

April 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan last week released records on coronavirus at nursing homes, but the records are incomplete and contain glaring omissions, a Bridge review has found.

Michigan doctor near death among first to get coronavirus plasma treatment

Michigan doctor near death among first to get coronavirus plasma treatment

April 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

He received convalescent plasma at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, one of 14 patients there receiving the experimental treatment. Early returns are promising but it’s far too early to know if it actually works.

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

April 27, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on nurses, doctors and other health care workers. Health systems aren’t always eager to publicly acknowledge those who died.  

Opinion | Now is the time to address Michigan fiscal policy

Opinion | Now is the time to address Michigan fiscal policy

April 27, 2020 | Eric Scorsone

All of the hard work and leadership many local governments have put in to save money for a rainy day may be quickly undone by the COVID-19 downturn. 

Michigan poison control calls jump after Trump’s disinfectant remarks

Michigan poison control calls jump after Trump’s disinfectant remarks

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Between Friday and Sunday, there were 65 calls to the Michigan Poison Center about exposure to household cleaning products, including 16 calls about bleach and nine calls about disinfectants, according to data from the center. That was up about 86 percent from the prior weekend and 55 percent over the same span last year.

Opinion | Michigan’s rural communities, schools are being overlooked again

Opinion | Michigan’s rural communities, schools are being overlooked again

April 27, 2020 | Ellen Offen

What do our leaders think is going to happen in the years to come if our national response to COVID-19 is only to bail out big corporations while small towns in Michigan and across the country get a drop in the bucket?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day extension of emergency powers

April 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor on Monday said she will seek another extension of her sweeping powers, potentially setting up a clash with the Republican-led Legislature that has questioned her approach to the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.

Michigan tribes losing police, health budgets as coronavirus shuts casinos

Michigan tribes losing police, health budgets as coronavirus shuts casinos

April 27, 2020 | Kelly House

Casinos insulate Michigan tribal budgets against a chronic shortage of federal funding. But with casinos shuttered to prevent COVID-19 spread, tribal leaders now find themselves wondering how to fund key programs.

With fewer non-coronavirus emergencies, Michigan hospital cuts ER docs’ pay

With fewer non-coronavirus emergencies, Michigan hospital cuts ER docs’ pay

April 27, 2020 | Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

Beaumont Health ER doctors handling heart attacks, other illnesses and pediatric cases will take pay cuts or temporary leaves of absence as the coronavirus continues to pound at Beaumont’s bottom line. 

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

April 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan will reopen in phases across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on coronavirus case counts and the risk for continued spread. The process could start in the next two weeks with construction firms and other “outdoor enterprises,” Gov. Whitmer said Monday. 

Coronavirus empties pediatrician offices in Michigan, decreases vaccinations

Coronavirus empties pediatrician offices in Michigan, decreases vaccinations

April 26, 2020 | Robin Erb

Parents are avoiding health care settings for fear of coronavirus. But doing so, doctors say, puts a child’s health at risk with missed vaccinations, untended anxiety problems or life-threatening diseases that can develop undetected.

Some in Michigan make more from unemployment than work during coronavirus

Some in Michigan make more from unemployment than work during coronavirus

April 26, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Businesses in the northeast Lower Peninsula say some workers are not quite ready to return to their jobs, given the boost in income they receive from special federal and state funding during the pandemic lockdown.

Opinion | Detroit survey shows coronavirus crisis threatens to widen inequality

Opinion | Detroit survey shows coronavirus crisis threatens to widen inequality

April 26, 2020 | Lydia Wileden , Jeffrey Morenoff

Our data show, on average, black Detroiters put the likelihood they will run out of money in the next three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic at 56 percent, compared to only 29 percent for white residents.

Opinion | During this coronavirus crisis, Medicaid must be protected

Opinion | During this coronavirus crisis, Medicaid must be protected

April 25, 2020 | Janet Olszewski

Nearly 60 percent of Michigan’s seniors who live in nursing homes have Medicaid. Medicaid, including the Healthy Michigan Plan expansion, is critical to protecting the state's most vulnerable.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer’s pending announcement comes as Republican lawmakers plan a meeting to review her handling of the coronavirus crisis, and to lobby to reopen the economy.

You can now see how many coronavirus patients are in each Michigan hospital

You can now see how many coronavirus patients are in each Michigan hospital

April 24, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

You can now look up the number of COVID-19 patients at a particular hospital or health system, as well as the total capacity of beds being used, and the number of days of personal protective equipment left on hand.

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15 but relaxed rules for large retailers while allowing landscapers, plant nurseries, bike repair shops and other select businesses to resume operations. 

Coronavirus guts Michigan college budgets. And it’s going to get worse

Coronavirus guts Michigan college budgets. And it’s going to get worse

April 24, 2020 | Ron French

Already bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars because of coronavirus shutdowns, Michigan college and university officials try to plan a future with ‘more questions than answers.’

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