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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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.

 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.

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.

University of Michigan Hospital has one-day blood supply due to coronavirus

University of Michigan Hospital has one-day blood supply due to coronavirus

March 19, 2020 | Ron French

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.

How to get tested for coronavirus in Michigan

How to get tested for coronavirus in Michigan

March 19, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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.

Michigan farmers, distributors worried by coronavirus threat to supply chain

Michigan farmers, distributors worried by coronavirus threat to supply chain

March 19, 2020 | Robin Erb

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.

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

March 19, 2020 | Ashley Wong

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.

Social distancing be damned. Michigan nail salons and barbers still open

Social distancing be damned. Michigan nail salons and barbers still open

March 18, 2020 | Matt Jachman

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.

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