Michigan Health Watch
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Canton Township family endures a week of sadness, frustration and surprising moments of joy after a diagnosis of COVID-19 and self-quarantine.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state is prioritizing testing for the highest-risk patients as a shortage persists.
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.