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Coronavirus surges in Grand Rapids area, bucking trends in rest of Michigan

Coronavirus surges in Grand Rapids area, bucking trends in rest of Michigan

April 24, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

A spike of virus cases among homeless people helps push Kent County’s daily coronavirus cases to levels equal to those seen in metro Detroit. Officials in the west Michigan county say a peak could be three weeks away.

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

April 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

You’re required to wear a mask in public enclosed spaces, but you can buy non-essential items for curbside pickup, among other changes.

Patients at 1 in 3 Michigan nursing homes have coronavirus, records show

Patients at 1 in 3 Michigan nursing homes have coronavirus, records show

April 24, 2020 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

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)

First Michigan college unveils fall plan: masks, tests, some campus classes

First Michigan college unveils fall plan: masks, tests, some campus classes

April 24, 2020 | Ron French

Oakland University becomes the first in Michigan to detail what college during coronavirus will look like. Students will meet online and come to campus in masks. Sports will continue. But not before fans. 

Coronavirus cases rising again in Michigan. That may not be bad news.

Coronavirus cases rising again in Michigan. That may not be bad news.

April 24, 2020 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson, Brie Zeltner

For much of April, coronavirus cases dropped consistently in Michigan. They are jumping upward again in the past few days as cases spread outstate. But experts also attribute the rise to more testing.

Phil Power | Searching for balanced political solutions in reopening Michigan

Phil Power | Searching for balanced political solutions in reopening Michigan

April 23, 2020 | Phil Power

Is it time for compromise between the extremes in the debate over shutting down and reopening Michigan amid COVID-19?

Opinion | Michigan's government could use a lesson on workforce deployment

Opinion | Michigan's government could use a lesson on workforce deployment

April 23, 2020 | Lynn Afendoulis

"Instead of laying people off, why not assign them to the Unemployment Insurance Agency?" asks a state representative who says her office is fielding hundreds of calls from people who can't file claims or get answers.

Opinion | We should rethink our views on essential workers of color

Opinion | We should rethink our views on essential workers of color

April 23, 2020 | SaMya Overall

I'm a low-income, African-American college student. When the coronavirus hit, life didn’t stop, and it definitely couldn’t be contained to the four walls of my home.

After her patients died alone, Detroit doctor raises money for tablets

After her patients died alone, Detroit doctor raises money for tablets

April 23, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

Dr. Luda Khait-Vlisides had to look through her patient’s phone to find his daughter’s number, so she could tell her her father had died. 

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

April 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The GOP-led Legislature announced plans to vote on limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers and form a panel to conduct oversight of her actions during the state’s economic shutdown.

A doctor, a miracle baby, and the fight to save dying coronavirus patients

A doctor, a miracle baby, and the fight to save dying coronavirus patients

April 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

More than 40 years ago, a dying newborn and a doctor who ended up at the University of Michigan helped set the course for technology that today may be the last chance at survival for some COVID-19 patients.

How some Michigan counties are insulated against coronavirus unemployment

How some Michigan counties are insulated against coronavirus unemployment

April 23, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Certain places in Michigan are losing more jobs than others. It’s the same old story in a state where manufacturing still dominates the economy in some counties.

Rural Michigan hospitals gutted by coronavirus, even those without cases

Rural Michigan hospitals gutted by coronavirus, even those without cases

April 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A halt on elective surgeries cripples rural hospitals with few or no coronavirus patients.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Opinion | Celebrate Earth Day by protecting Michigan environment from Line 5

Opinion | Celebrate Earth Day by protecting Michigan environment from Line 5

April 22, 2020 | Regina Gasco-Bentley, Bryan Newland, Aaron Payment

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the authors say the pipeline is a massive risk to Michigan, our tourism economy and our tribes.

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Once a minor player, the Michigan Conservative Coalition has worked its way into the mainstream of Republican Party politics by organizing voters who are fiercely loyal to President Trump. Hosting “Trumperware parties” and wooing women back to the GOP, it may be the most influential grassroots group you’ve never heard of.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to tamp down expectations that the economy will reopen next week, saying the state likely needs more time to avoid a second wave of coronavirus. Republicans have signaled an opposition to any extension.

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

April 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

DMC CEO Audrey Gregory said the Detroit-based system has invested meaningfully in medical education and hospital facilities. She would not talk about controversies that made headlines during the coronavirus surge.

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

Enbridge moves forward with Line 5 tunnel despite coronavirus lockdown

April 22, 2020 | Kelly House

The energy giant has submitted a flurry of permit applications in its bid to replace the aging Line 5 oil and gas pipeline, sparking concerns from opponents who argue regulators should delay decisions until the coronavirus emergency ends.

Why Michigan hospitals are laying off workers as they battle coronavirus

Why Michigan hospitals are laying off workers as they battle coronavirus

April 22, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

Hospitals are overwhelmed by a flood of COVID-19 patients. But in the U.S. health care system, that’s not where hospitals make their profits.

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