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.
The numbers at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest hospital system, are the latest reminder of the dangers facing hospital workers in metro Detroit.
Unlike other states, Michigan doesn’t release information about coronavirus recoveries, patients on ventilators or in intensive care. Michigan is tied with six other states in releasing the least data, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Henry Ford is among several metro Detroit hospitals struggling to respond to a major influx of COVID-19 patients. As the virus threatens its capacity, Henry Ford is likely to request volunteers from other hospitals.
The latest death underscores the danger and anxiety for health care workers on Michigan’s front lines as the virus spreads through the state.
Night-shift nurses staged a protest at the hospital over heavy patient caseloads that they said were dangerous. Hospital officials asked the nurses to leave, they said.
Benjamin Rollason finds common themes in the bombs that German planes dropped on his childhood home near Birmingham, England and an invisible virus that has families huddled inside their homes.
Beaumont Health CEO John Fox faults the state for not forcing hospitals to share real-time data on available resources at other hospitals when patient counts surge, leaving patients to wait hours to be transferred.
Got a T-shirt and two rubber bands? You can make a face mask. Will it keep you from getting COVID-19? No guarantees. But medical research tells us it’s better than nothing.
In the toughest week yet in Michigan's fight against coronavirus, hospital workers share their fears, anxieties and triumphs of treating patients and ensuring they don't bring the highly contagious virus home to their loved ones. "You don't know what you're walking into, and you don't know if you'll be able to walk away without being sick, yourself," one says.
Assumptions, a lack of testing, and false negatives lead to an unclear tally of COVID-19 deaths. A Detroit effort might change that.
Tales from the coronavirus front of the grocery stores: Anxiety in the aisles, long waits for online orders and a viral video from a Grand Rapids doctor about how to keep food safe (spoiler alert: leave it in the garage for three days.)
Lisa Ewald believed she was exposed when treating a patient who later tested positive. She had no mask, and could not get tested until she showed symptoms. She is one of three Detroit nurses who lost their lives this week while helping others.
Accad had spoken of retiring from the nursing profession after decades of serving military veterans. “My mom was a hero,” her son said.
Bridge Magazine’s Coronavirus Dashboard will be updated daily and provide graphics, charts and maps about the spread, location and demographics of the outbreak.
More than 80 Michigan nursing homes were cited for infection prevention or control deficiencies in the past three years, including a few with recently confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Participants will receive either an antimalarial drug or a placebo in a first-of-its size trial by Henry Ford Health System, in an attempt to halt a deadly virus decimating Detroit and the world.
Communities with higher percentages of African Americans so far have been hit harder by the coronavirus in Michigan. Lawmakers want more data about victims to allocate resources, but some fear a backlash from publicizing the information.
As coronavirus spreads across Michigan and the nation, experts are rethinking the message that only those with symptoms of the illness need to wear a mask in public.
You don’t need to be wealthy or even particularly active to thank the nurses, doctors and other medical workers risking their lives during this coronavirus pandemic. Here are some ways to help.
Coronavirus came to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois at about the same time. All states adopted similar distancing measures, but Michigan by that time had far more coronavirus cases than its neighbors. Bridge explains in charts.