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.
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.
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.
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.
U-M hospital is one of several across the state in critical need of donated blood for vulnerable patients. The spread of COVID-19 cases has resulted in Red Cross blood drive cancellations.
The state of Michigan is working to increase its capacity to test cases, and health systems in some areas now are providing drive-thru services.
Food producers and processors are having difficulty getting products to grocers. Add labor shortages to the mix and state agriculture officials say the situation is unprecedented.
With more than 100 cases and at least three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in lower Michigan, questions over closing the bridge do not appear to be seriously considered by state officials.
Unlike other states, Michigan has yet to order the closure of barber shops and hair salons. But it sure is tough to get a blow-dry and curl and maintain a 6-foot distance.