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. 

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Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan confirms 135 new cases, 25 deaths

Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan confirms 135 new cases, 25 deaths

June 1, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

Michigan continues to stumble in tracking coronavirus in nursing homes

May 30, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its count of nursing home COVID-19 cases is likely inaccurate. And the agency still cannot accurately list how many senior residents have died from virus complications.

Wanted: Michigan blood samples — lots of them — in fight against COVID-19

Wanted: Michigan blood samples — lots of them — in fight against COVID-19

May 29, 2020 | Robin Erb

A biobank at University of Michigan is collecting blood samples from both sick and healthy people as researchers search for clues to treatment and a vaccine.

Michigan’s Beaumont Health cancels merger with Ohio system, vague on why

Michigan’s Beaumont Health cancels merger with Ohio system, vague on why

May 29, 2020 | Robin Erb

Neither Beaumont nor Ohio-based Summa Health offered specifics on why the deal was nixed. Beaumont said, however, that its decision was unrelated to financial losses during the coronavirus crisis.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

May 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’

Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter

Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter

May 26, 2020 | Robin Erb

Two new studies suggest 1 in 100 health care workers involved in the care of coronavirus patients may have become infected themselves. Bridge Magazine spoke to some of them about how their experiences changed them.

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

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

Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn.

Michigan appeals court sides with vape shop, against flavored vaping ban

Michigan appeals court sides with vape shop, against flavored vaping ban

May 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

The Michigan Court of Appeals panel upheld a trial court’s injunction against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency rules against flavored vaping products.

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

May 21, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

10 unions representing nurses at McLaren hospitals in Michigan say the health care provider is not transparent about finances, PPE.

Coronavirus came to Michigan earlier than thought, records show

Coronavirus came to Michigan earlier than thought, records show

May 17, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Records detailing when coronavirus victims first felt symptoms show that coronavirus came sooner to Michigan than originally believed, and the decline in the state has lasted longer. 

Coronavirus is isolating children. How to help them thrive.

Coronavirus is isolating children. How to help them thrive.

May 14, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

For some kids, the loss of school routine, interaction with friends, teachers and relatives compounds the stress of quarantine. Social interaction is the primary way that children learn.

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

May 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Doctors are warning parents to watch for symptoms of pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 that can impact the heart. They urge parents to call their pediatrician early if symptoms appear.

Anti-vaccine and conspiracy activists tied to Lansing coronavirus protests

Anti-vaccine and conspiracy activists tied to Lansing coronavirus protests

May 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Protest organizers include at least six people connected to the “medical freedom” movement, with some promoting conspiracies about the pandemic and vaccine testing. The protest comes as health officials report steep declines in child immunization rates in Michigan.

Independent doctors’ offices in Michigan under threat from coronavirus

Independent doctors’ offices in Michigan under threat from coronavirus

May 13, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Financial pressures from the pandemic could spell the end of more  independent medical practices in Michigan, which critics fear will result in less personalized care and fewer doctors in rural regions.

Wednesday Coronavirus Q&A: Antibody tests and marriage licenses

Wednesday Coronavirus Q&A: Antibody tests and marriage licenses

May 13, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Can my employer force me to come back to work? Will I lose my unemployment benefits? Bridge answers these questions and many more in a feature to address the rapidly evolving health threat.

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

May 12, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

An Ingham County community health board said state and Lansing officials endanger public safety by not cracking down on anti-Whitmer protesters who do not follow restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Police say they will take enforcement action when necessary.

See how the coronavirus has affected regions of Michigan differently

See how the coronavirus has affected regions of Michigan differently

May 12, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Michigan releases daily reports on case counts from eight regions across the state. There are few cases in northern Michigan and declining ones in Metro Detroit. But the southwest and west parts of Michigan are still seeing elevated case counts.

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

May 10, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

The Inkster couple who did everything together journeys back from the brink of death. Their story demonstrates that leaving the hospital is just one step in a long way back from COVID-19.

In Michigan, 23K are ‘recovered’ from COVID. Many still feel like hell.

In Michigan, 23K are ‘recovered’ from COVID. Many still feel like hell.

May 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Destroyed kidneys, ravaged lungs and liver — the coronavirus that nearly killed some patients leaves them struggling to do everyday tasks long after Michigan considers them ‘recovered.’

Michigan’s definition of coronavirus ‘recovery’ looser than other states

Michigan’s definition of coronavirus ‘recovery’ looser than other states

May 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Michigan counts those “who are 30 days out from their onset of illness” as recovered. The definition reflects the disconnect between data and real life underscores both the shortcomings in reporting.

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