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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For grocery workers tasked with serving Michigan customers during the coronavirus pandemic, a nagging question: Does my job put me in the virus’ crosshairs?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new coronavirus offers an extraordinary opportunity to build community — safely, at arm’s length — one pastor assured a mostly empty church.
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.
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 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.
Proactively closing schools might help, but the three weeks that Michigan schools will be shut down may not be long enough to be effective.