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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Intensive care nurse in Flint dies of the coronavirus

Intensive care nurse in Flint dies of the coronavirus

April 6, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ashley Wong

The latest death underscores the danger and anxiety for health care workers on Michigan’s front lines as the virus spreads through the state.

Nurses say Detroit hospital told them to leave after coronavirus protest

Nurses say Detroit hospital told them to leave after coronavirus protest

April 6, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

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.

At 98, a pilot who fought the Nazis urges unity against the coronavirus

At 98, a pilot who fought the Nazis urges unity against the coronavirus

April 5, 2020 | Bob Campbell

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 chief blasts Michigan for lack of hospital data during coronavirus

Beaumont chief blasts Michigan for lack of hospital data during coronavirus

April 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

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. 

Hey, Michigan, here’s how to make a face mask to fight coronavirus

Hey, Michigan, here’s how to make a face mask to fight coronavirus

April 5, 2020 | Kathryn Dugal

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.  

Inside Michigan hospitals, a ‘crushingly hard’ week in coronavirus fight

Inside Michigan hospitals, a ‘crushingly hard’ week in coronavirus fight

April 5, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

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.

Michigan’s COVID-19 death toll is undercounted. So some want to test the dead.

Michigan’s COVID-19 death toll is undercounted. So some want to test the dead.

April 4, 2020 | Robin Erb

Assumptions, a lack of testing, and false negatives lead to an unclear tally of COVID-19 deaths. A Detroit effort might change that.

At Michigan groceries, nerves are as thin as some shelves amid coronavirus

At Michigan groceries, nerves are as thin as some shelves amid coronavirus

April 4, 2020 | Bob Campbell

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.)

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

April 4, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Kelly House, Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press

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.

Divina Accad, 72, Detroit VA nurse, first coronavirus health care death

Divina Accad, 72, Detroit VA nurse, first coronavirus health care death

April 3, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Accad had spoken of retiring from the nursing profession after decades of serving military veterans. “My mom was a hero,” her son said.

Michigan coronavirus dashboard: cases, deaths and maps

Michigan coronavirus dashboard: cases, deaths and maps

April 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine’s Coronavirus Dashboard will be updated daily and provide graphics, charts and maps about the spread, location and demographics of the outbreak.

Coronavirus raises questions on infection control at Michigan nursing homes

Coronavirus raises questions on infection control at Michigan nursing homes

April 3, 2020 | John Bebow

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.

Could hydroxychloroquine stop coronavirus? Detroit is first in nation for study

Could hydroxychloroquine stop coronavirus? Detroit is first in nation for study

April 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

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.

Black communities hit harder by coronavirus in Michigan, not just Detroit

Black communities hit harder by coronavirus in Michigan, not just Detroit

April 1, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

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.

You were told no mask if you don’t have coronavirus. That might be wrong.

You were told no mask if you don’t have coronavirus. That might be wrong.

March 31, 2020 | Robin Erb

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.

10 ways to help Michigan hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic

10 ways to help Michigan hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020 | Kathryn Dugal

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.

Why did coronavirus spread so fast in Michigan compared to neighbors?

Why did coronavirus spread so fast in Michigan compared to neighbors?

March 31, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

Facing shortages, Michigan asks feds for experimental coronavirus drugs

March 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is “pursuing a request” for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile

In metro Detroit, coronavirus deaths spike overnight amid ventilator need

In metro Detroit, coronavirus deaths spike overnight amid ventilator need

March 30, 2020 | Robin Erb

Oakland County executive Dave Coulter issued a call for masks and ventilators at the beginning of what he called “the most challenging week yet.”

Michigan may need another 8,000 ventilators as coronavirus outbreak worsens

Michigan may need another 8,000 ventilators as coronavirus outbreak worsens

March 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s top doctors says the state could need 10,000 ventilators and only has 1,700. The shortage is one of several Michigan officials are confronting as cases spike in southeast Michigan.

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