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The health system’s announcement Thursday follows similar action taken by Henry Ford Health System for workers’ failure to abide by a COVID vaccine mandate. Other hospitals will likely follow suit once federal vaccine rules are finalized.
Michigan emergency department visits are up 43 percent, thanks in part to an avalanche of sick people who delayed medical care amid COVID. Some patients wait in hallways for days. Others lose their beds when even sicker patients arrive.
A California nonprofit has found that modest financial rewards for clean urine tests can help break the chain of meth addiction. But the treatment is barely being replicated in Michigan, in part because insurers are not yet on board.
Law enforcement and treatment experts chart a rising toll from meth, from overdose deaths to families ripped apart. Cheaper and more pure versions now come from Mexican labs, and there are not enough treatment resources in rural counties.
Bridge analyzed vaccination rates in thousands of census tracts and found a strong correlation with education levels — even in Republican neighborhoods. Use these map to determine the rate in your area.
The Detroit-based hospital system made the numbers public after a deadline passed for staff to get vaccinated. A dozen Michigan health systems were surveyed on staff vaccine rates, offering varying levels of transparency.
Gretchen Whitmer is hardly alone among governors in resisting calls for statewide mandate. That’s partly because Michigan’s case rates are relatively low, but also because of deeply divided opinions on the issue.
A surge in new cases means more demand for testing. But a shortage of home tests and health workers means a scramble for consumers who seek rapid tests to return to work or school, or simply find reassurance.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, among the most visible faces of Michigan’s COVID-19 response, will leave the job next Thursday. Her departure comes as health officials across the state seek greater protection against threats from the public.
Mass vaccination clinics long ago folded up, and hospitals are short-staffed now. Getting a booster is for now likely easier at a local pharmacy or doctor’s office. We break down who is eligible for a Pfizer booster.
Some argue the state should shift responsibility of managing care and costs to Michigan’s for-profit insurers; others say money motives of insurance companies would cut into care for the most vulnerable.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) usually peaks in a winter, but is hospitalizing very young children this summer. Some theorize that the restrictions that protected kids from COVID may limit their immune response to other viruses.
Children aren’t usually the sickest COVID victims, though cases of child hospitalizations climbed this summer amid the delta variant. The positive clinical trial results provide hope to parents eager to get younger children vaccinated during the school year.