Michigan Health Watch
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Following trends nationwide, nearly half of all deaths from COVID-19 are in nursing homes in Oakland County. Now, first responders are going into senior centers to test residents and staff in an effort to get ahead of the pandemic.
West Michigan hospitals say they are ready as a spike in COVID-19 cases hit the region. Hospital executives are implementing techniques picked up from Chicago and Detroit to improve the odds faced by desperately-ill patients.
He received convalescent plasma at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, one of 14 patients there receiving the experimental treatment. Early returns are promising but it’s far too early to know if it actually works.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week that all of Michigan’s essential workers should get tested, even those without symptoms. That’s easier said than done, as many hospitals and test sites say they still lack capacity to test workers with no symptoms.
Beaumont Health ER doctors handling heart attacks, other illnesses and pediatric cases will take pay cuts or temporary leaves of absence as the coronavirus continues to pound at Beaumont’s bottom line.
Between Friday and Sunday, there were 65 calls to the Michigan Poison Center about exposure to household cleaning products, including 16 calls about bleach and nine calls about disinfectants, according to data from the center. That was up about 86 percent from the prior weekend and 55 percent over the same span last year.
COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on nurses, doctors and other health care workers. Health systems aren’t always eager to publicly acknowledge those who died.
Parents are avoiding health care settings for fear of coronavirus. But doing so, doctors say, puts a child’s health at risk with missed vaccinations, untended anxiety problems or life-threatening diseases that can develop undetected.
For much of April, coronavirus cases dropped consistently in Michigan. They are jumping upward again in the past few days as cases spread outstate. But experts also attribute the rise to more testing.
A spike of virus cases among homeless people helps push Kent County’s daily coronavirus cases to levels equal to those seen in metro Detroit. Officials in the west Michigan county say a peak could be three weeks away.
You can now look up the number of COVID-19 patients at a particular hospital or health system, as well as the total capacity of beds being used, and the number of days of personal protective equipment left on hand.
A halt on elective surgeries cripples rural hospitals with few or no coronavirus patients.
More than 40 years ago, a dying newborn and a doctor who ended up at the University of Michigan helped set the course for technology that today may be the last chance at survival for some COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Luda Khait-Vlisides had to look through her patient’s phone to find his daughter’s number, so she could tell her her father had died.
The Detroit-based hospital system is the latest in a string of medical providers to announce deep staff cuts as the coronavirus pandemic dries up revenue streams.
Hospitals are overwhelmed by a flood of COVID-19 patients. But in the U.S. health care system, that’s not where hospitals make their profits.
DMC CEO Audrey Gregory said the Detroit-based system has invested meaningfully in medical education and hospital facilities. She would not talk about controversies that made headlines during the coronavirus surge.
With Michigan's largest hospital system "financially hemorrhaging" and under a cloud of uncertainty for at least the next two years, the CEO of Beaumont Health says he's taking a 70 percent cut to his base pay and is forgoing any bonuses.
Michigan will follow roughly 18 other states in publicly identifying nursing homes and long-term care facilities stricken by the virus. Watchdog groups say that is critical information for residents and their families.
Beaumont Health, the state’s largest health system, blamed the dramatic cuts on losses incurred during the pandemic, which forced it to cut revenue-generating procedures to handle the surge. CEO temporarily cuts his own pay 70 percent.