Michigan Health Watch

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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.

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

Map: See which areas in Michigan may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus

March 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As Michigan logs its first COVID-19 death, new research finds 4 of 5 of deaths in the United States are those who are 65 and older. As a whole, Michigan may be at greater risk because it has one of the oldest populations in the nation.

Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

Michigan health care workers say they need more coronavirus protection

March 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Some hospitals are rationing gear to protect against COVID-19. A respiratory therapist said she has treated flu-like symptoms without an N95 mask. And Michigan’s governor is pleading for more protection gear.

Here’s a map of where Michigan kids can get meals during school closure

Here’s a map of where Michigan kids can get meals during school closure

March 18, 2020 | Ron French

The interactive map will be updated twice daily by state officials, to help families find locations to pick up free meals during the statewide school closure

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

As coronavirus spreads, stocking grocery shelves starts to feel dangerous

March 17, 2020 | Kelly House

For grocery workers tasked with serving Michigan customers during the coronavirus pandemic, a nagging question: Does my job put me in the virus’ crosshairs?

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

Henry Ford and Beaumont have Michigan's first same-day coronavirus tests

March 17, 2020 | Robin Erb

The new tests are meant to quicken results for those already hospitalized with symptoms, it will not speed up drive-up screening. Henry Ford expects to test up to 1,000 specimens daily in a month.

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

Long lines, surprise costs irk people seeking coronavirus tests in Michigan

March 16, 2020 | Robin Erb

Providers are trying to limit COVID-19 testing to the sickest or most at risk of spreading the infection. But shifting criteria and a lack of available tests are causing confusion, even among some doctors.

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

Experts fear Michigan may not have enough hospital beds for coronavirus

March 16, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Hospitals are scrambling to create empty beds in anticipation of a wave of COVID-19 victims, a surge that could swamp the state’s health care system.

The sobering reason Michigan day care centers are not yet shut down

The sobering reason Michigan day care centers are not yet shut down

March 16, 2020 | Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has closed schools, gyms, theaters and bars. Why not child care centers? The reason: So that medical workers and first responders who need to stay on the job have child care.

Michigan seniors face coronavirus, and the fear of being left alone

Michigan seniors face coronavirus, and the fear of being left alone

March 15, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

For many of Michigan’s elderly, shuttered senior centers, bans on visits at nursing homes and canceled worship services threaten to cut off contact with friends and children.

Empty pews and open parking at one small-town Michigan church

Empty pews and open parking at one small-town Michigan church

March 15, 2020 | Robin Erb

The new coronavirus offers an extraordinary opportunity to build community — safely, at arm’s length — one pastor assured a mostly empty church.

Coronavirus doesn’t kill the party in Michigan. And that has many worried.

Coronavirus doesn’t kill the party in Michigan. And that has many worried.

March 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

 From college towns to big cities, Michiganders are crowding into bars despite warnings from health officials. That has some calling for Michigan to adopt stricter limits.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

Suspect you have coronavirus in Michigan? Your doc may not want to see you.

March 14, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

Some doctor’s offices are telling patients with flu-like symptoms to stay out of their office to avoid infecting others. And as one man learned, getting tested for coronavirus can be a fool’s errand.

Detroit off to slow start restoring water to homes as coronavirus hits

Detroit off to slow start restoring water to homes as coronavirus hits

March 13, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Detroit has turned water back on to fewer than 100 homes despite a program that slashes reconnection fees to $25. City officials say they are racing to solve phone and contractor issues they blame for the delays.

Coronavirus closed Michigan schools for 3 weeks. CDC says that's not long enough

Coronavirus closed Michigan schools for 3 weeks. CDC says that's not long enough

March 13, 2020 | Ron French

Proactively closing schools might help, but the three weeks that Michigan schools will be shut down may not be long enough to be effective.

Can I get tested for coronavirus in Michigan and other questions answered

Can I get tested for coronavirus in Michigan and other questions answered

March 13, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Bridge has reached out to the experts to answer your most pressing questions on how to protect your family and what steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe from the new coronavirus.

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