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Despite brutal day, signs of hope in Michigan’s coronavirus curve

Despite brutal day, signs of hope in Michigan’s coronavirus curve

April 7, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Louis Aguilar, Riley Beggin

COVID-19 cases spiked yet again statewide on Tuesday, but Detroit’s rate is beginning to slow — and Michigan’s curve is looking less like that of New York by the day.

Coronavirus Tracker: Cases surge to 18,970 as death toll reaches 845

Coronavirus Tracker: Cases surge to 18,970 as death toll reaches 845

April 7, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Coronavirus is now a global pandemic. This continuously updated post includes Michigan's confirmed cases, maps of locations, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Coronavirus has Michigan funeral homes stretched thin, fearing safety

Coronavirus has Michigan funeral homes stretched thin, fearing safety

April 7, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Michigan funeral homes are running low on protective gear and N95 masks, forcing some to take drastic measures. One home says it may stop taking bodies altogether, while others have stopped embalming bodies.

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

April 7, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Do you need help with food or cash through this coronavirus crisis? Want to know where to go to help?  We have a list of Michigan resources. 

What Michigan is doing to combat coronavirus, a timeline

What Michigan is doing to combat coronavirus, a timeline

April 7, 2020 | David Wilkins

Tracing COVID-19 from the first cases in Wuhan, China to more than 17,000 confirmed Michigan cases and 700 deaths by Monday morning. Bridge highlights the dizzying pace of executive orders, economic upheaval and the heartbreaking human toll.

Tuesday Coronavirus Q&A: Census workers, remote work and child support guidance

Tuesday Coronavirus Q&A: Census workers, remote work and child support guidance

April 7, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Am I eligible for unemployment? Do I have to pay child support? What happens to the money in my HSA?  Bridge answers these questions and many more in a feature to address the rapidly evolving health threat.

Beaumont has 1,500 workers with coronavirus symptoms, including 500 nurses

Beaumont has 1,500 workers with coronavirus symptoms, including 500 nurses

April 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

The numbers at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest hospital system, are the latest reminder of the dangers facing hospital workers in metro Detroit.

Michigan third in nation for coronavirus, last for data about patients

Michigan third in nation for coronavirus, last for data about patients

April 6, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

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.

Detroit hospital: 734 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

Detroit hospital: 734 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

April 6, 2020 | Kelly House

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.

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.

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