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In-depth reporting on the intersection between public policy and important health topics ‒ such as insurance coverage, hospital admissions, opioid abuse, access to care, medical research and the business of health care ‒ that impact nearly every Michigan resident. 

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Coronavirus Tracker: Detroit Police chief among 3,657 state cases

Coronavirus Tracker: Detroit Police chief among 3,657 state cases

March 28, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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.

Detroit hospital: We’re nowhere near ‘worst-case’ coronavirus decisions

Detroit hospital: We’re nowhere near ‘worst-case’ coronavirus decisions

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

Henry Ford Health System reassures patients and public following the release of an ethics guideline that discusses who should get ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic. Other hospitals have similar policies.

For some recovering addicts, Michigan’s stay-home order sparks fear of relapse

For some recovering addicts, Michigan’s stay-home order sparks fear of relapse

March 27, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Michigan’s recovery community is scrambling to switch AA meetings online and to stagger appointments at methadone clinics, hoping to lesson in-person while still supporting recovering addicts and alcoholics.

Separated in their own home, a Michigan family adjusts to coronavirus

Separated in their own home, a Michigan family adjusts to coronavirus

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb

A Canton Township family endures a week of sadness, frustration and surprising moments of joy after a diagnosis of COVID-19 and self-quarantine.

Detroit hospital warns some coronavirus patients may not get ventilators

Detroit hospital warns some coronavirus patients may not get ventilators

March 27, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

Guidelines by Henry Ford Health System are leaked onto social media detailing how the sickest patients may not get ventilator care. The draft letter outlines an ‘absolute worst-case scenario’ that hospital officials say has not yet come.

Friday Coronavirus Q&A: Workplace hazards and giving birth during a pandemic

Friday Coronavirus Q&A: Workplace hazards and giving birth during a pandemic

March 27, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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.

 Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

March 25, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Anna Clark, Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Detroit, which faces a host of challenges, is the ‘epicenter’ of Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak. Some attribute that to testing. Others say city residents are more susceptible. All agree the rise burdens folks who are already suffering.

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

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

March 25, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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. 

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.

How to give blood in Michigan during the coronavirus crisis

How to give blood in Michigan during the coronavirus crisis

March 24, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Hospitals report a shortage of blood with the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives across the state. At the same time, prospective donors say they have faced obstacles in getting an appointment. Follow this advice.

 As hospitals fill, Michigan eyes dorms and hotels for coronavirus patients

As hospitals fill, Michigan eyes dorms and hotels for coronavirus patients

March 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s hospitals are becoming so overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients that officials are looking elsewhere for help. Even a Detroit velodrome is undergoing a deep clean in case it is needed.

Alarm grows as Michigan hospitals begin to fill with coronavirus cases

Alarm grows as Michigan hospitals begin to fill with coronavirus cases

March 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

Hospitals are still waiting on critical supplies and workers are concerned about staying safe as a surge in COVID-19 cases is anticipated across the state.

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

Residents are to stay at home except for workers in essential service sectors. Such orders in other states make allowances for hospitals, groceries, gas stations, take-out restaurants, pharmacies and the like to stay open.

Michiganders stranded as Peru enforces a lockdown due to coronavirus

Michiganders stranded as Peru enforces a lockdown due to coronavirus

March 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

A Farmington Hills couple on their honeymoon, a pastor’s family, and a young Peace Corps volunteer tell stories of their efforts, so far unsuccessful, to return to Michigan from Peru. 

Detroit moving faster to restore water, but hundreds still without service

Detroit moving faster to restore water, but hundreds still without service

March 21, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Ten days into an emergency effort to restore water to Detroit homes, several hundred residents still remain without water and activists wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to enlist the National Guard to help in the effort.

Oakland County closes malls, playgrounds as Michigan coronavirus cases soar

Oakland County closes malls, playgrounds as Michigan coronavirus cases soar

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads through Oakland County, leaders order the closure of malls and playground equipment and urge residents to stop non-essential travel.

Charting Michigan’s coronavirus path, hoping for South Korea and not Italy

Charting Michigan’s coronavirus path, hoping for South Korea and not Italy

March 20, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan went from one positive case to more than 500 in 10 days. Bridge mapped cases in four foreign countries as a guide to what the path of infection might look like in Michigan in the weeks ahead.

Michigan coronavirus cases surge with more testing but shortage remains

Michigan coronavirus cases surge with more testing but shortage remains

March 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state is prioritizing testing for the highest-risk patients as a shortage persists.

Michigan hospitals turn to quilting scraps, DIY videos to fight coronavirus

Michigan hospitals turn to quilting scraps, DIY videos to fight coronavirus

March 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

The state is trying to learn exactly what resources hospitals are working with. In the meantime, health care workers are taking measures into their own hands.

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