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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.

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Some of Michigan’s most remote regions have so far been spared, at least in what’s been officially recorded. With a vast geography, few tests and even fewer hospital beds, they wait and hope for the best. 

In rural Michigan, teacher mourns coronavirus loss not counted in hospitals

In rural Michigan, teacher mourns coronavirus loss not counted in hospitals

April 12, 2020 | Ron French

The learning deficit that a Mayville third-grade teacher fears from her “kiddos” being out of classrooms for nearly six months is playing out across the state.

Opinion | In pandemic, a small Michigan hospital staff counts on each other

Opinion | In pandemic, a small Michigan hospital staff counts on each other

April 9, 2020 | Shelly Johnson, Jordan Sall

How a rural west Michigan hospital community leans on each other to weather the pandemic -- and finds itself lifted by the community.

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

March 24, 2020 | Kelly House

Alcona County has high rates of diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses and hardly a doctor in sight. Residents here are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, when it hits.

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close

March 24, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Many small or rural hospitals were already struggling before COVID-19 forced them to halt the elective procedures that help pay the bills. They are looking largely toward the government to help them recover lost revenue.

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

Coronavirus shutdown could leave 1 in 4 jobless in northern Michigan

March 23, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

 Already gearing for a recession, Michigan faces billions of dollars in lost wages and tens of thousands of job cuts. Using maps and charts, Bridge explains how the impact of the coronavirus shutdown will vary widely by industry and maps.

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

March 20, 2020 | Kelly House

In one sparsely populated, vast Northern Michigan school district, school buses are delivering meals to students who otherwise might go hungry amid a three-week shutdown of the state’s schools.

Why Michigan cherry industry lost trade fight with Turkey, and its Plan B

Why Michigan cherry industry lost trade fight with Turkey, and its Plan B

February 18, 2020 | Bob Campbell

The U.S. International Trade Commission flatly rejected claims that Turkish imports hurt domestic dried tart cherry processors. But Michigan’s cherry industry has a new line of attack against imports.  

Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

Rural Michigan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: What about us?

January 30, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Beset with common but daunting problems, leaders in rural Michigan implore Michigan’s Democratic governor to create a Cabinet-level post to address their concerns.

Along Michigan-Ohio border, small-town Morenci is transformed by marijuana

Along Michigan-Ohio border, small-town Morenci is transformed by marijuana

January 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once a frontier town dominated by agriculture, Morenci now finds itself on a new frontier, with the scent of pot wafting through its streets. Despite reluctance from “conservative farm folks,” most support the financial boost the industry has brought. 

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

January 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An Amish community, with help from the ACLU, argues that Lenawee County is violating its religious freedom by demanding it stop using outhouses and spreading human waste in fields. Local residents are backing the Amish. 

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

January 8, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A GOP legislative package would remove barriers to small rural hospitals expanding or offering some of the same services as larger hospitals in the region. Both sides say their vision would lower costs. 

Old motels, campsites and shelters fill housing void in northwest Michigan

Old motels, campsites and shelters fill housing void in northwest Michigan

December 16, 2019 | Anna Clark

Even middle-income workers are now priced out of safe, affordable homes in Michigan’s resort region. Housing stock has declined for all but the affluent, leaving high school students to fill the construction breach.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

October 18, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In much of rural Michigan, and in Detroit, fewer than 20 percent of residents get flu shots, even though the vaccine makes it far less likely that people will die or get seriously ill from the virus.

Caro’s psychiatric hospital is saved. Michigan’s mental health crisis persists.

Caro’s psychiatric hospital is saved. Michigan’s mental health crisis persists.

October 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spared a psychiatric hospital whose closure would have devastated the Thumb. But long waiting lists persist statewide, and the hospital’s problems remain.

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

October 7, 2019 | Ron French

Superintendents in some of Michigan’s most isolated districts blame Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Repubican leaders for a budget fight that they say threatens their future and treats students like political pawns.

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

October 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Law enforcement raises alarms after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer axed $13 million for a state grant program that has helped county sheriffs hire road patrol deputies since 1978.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer targets rural Michigan in bid to sway GOP on budgets

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer targets rural Michigan in bid to sway GOP on budgets

October 1, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her line-item veto power to cut several GOP budget priorities in hopes of restarting negotiations. Rural Michigan is among the hardest hit.

Seeking a cure: The quest to save the Midwest’s rural hospitals

Seeking a cure: The quest to save the Midwest’s rural hospitals

September 30, 2019 | Jennifer Hemmingsen

Small rural hospitals are getting squeezed by competition and market forces, forcing painful consolidations, sales and closures.  Nationwide, 113 rural hospitals have closed in less than a decade.

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