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Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

State reports 46 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in last week

By: - December 6, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,353,156 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 24,494 have died from the virus — an additional 16,590 cases and 127 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

‘We will not be defined by this tragedy’: Thousands mourn four Oxford students during vigil

By: - December 4, 2021

While thousands gathered in downtown Oxford Friday night for a vigil to honor the four Oxford High School students who were murdered in Tuesday’s shooting, the message from community and state leaders was about the community’s resilience.  “This community is a rare, rare thing,” said U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) to a crowd of Oxford […]

Feds sends Michigan more medical staff to help Saginaw hospital during COVID wave

By: - December 2, 2021

The federal government granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request Thursday for additional staffing assistance at a third Michigan hospital, Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw.  Under the agreement, the federal government will send a 22-person medical team to support Covenant’s medical team as they treat COVID-19 and other patients. Last week, the federal government approved a request to […]

State says there are 93 new pre-K-12 outbreaks, stops reporting them in colleges

By: - November 30, 2021

As of Tuesday, 628 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan. Of those, 93 are new outbreaks reported Monday. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly basis, but was delayed this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan is in the throes of a fourth surge of […]

Dingell’s Dearborn office is broken into after months of threats

By: - November 30, 2021

The Dearborn office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) was broken into and vandalized Monday.  Dingell said in a statement that the door, windows and memorabilia were broken of her late husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn).  “Thankfully, my staff and I are safe and no one was hurt, but we must also recognize […]

Michigan hits record high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

By: - November 29, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,301,593 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,732 have died from the virus — an additional 25,329 cases and 137 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an […]

While Michigan COVID-19 cases soar, some schools bring back masks, virtual learning

By: - November 29, 2021

Nearly all students in Michigan’s K-12 schools are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now that the Pfizer vaccine was approved earlier this month for children ages 5 to 11. But cases and outbreaks are still surging in schools, as health officials say the latest statewide spike is being driven by the unvaccinated.  This means less […]

COMMENTARY

Allison R. Donahue: I became a statistic that many vaccinated people haven’t wanted to face

By: - November 26, 2021

In April, when I received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was hopeful for the first time in over a year that my life was going to return to normal. However, seven months later, I tested positive for COVID-19 and it was as if the isolating feeling of the early months of the […]

Michigan receives help from feds to ease overburdened hospitals during COVID wave

By: - November 24, 2021

Michigan hospitals will get some additional staffing assistance from the federal government as unvaccinated COVID-19 patients overwhelm local hospitals across the state.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday that the federal government has granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request and will send two medical teams, with 22 medical personnel each, to […]

State reports 140 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in last week

By: - November 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,259,261 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,315 have died from the virus — an additional 17,008 cases and 83 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

The state set a vaccination goal of 70%. Then came the Delta variant.

By: - November 19, 2021

Last winter, as COVID-19 vaccines were first being rolled out, a number of states set a 70% vaccination goal for people ages 16 years or older, including Michigan. President Joe Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the same goal for the nation in May, which was reached in early August.  This […]

As Michigan’s redistricting process enters its final phase, here’s what experts want to see

By: - November 17, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved its nine collaborative proposed maps and an additional six from individual commissioners for the state Senate, state House and congressional districts earlier this month.  The lines will go into effect for the 2022 elections and be in place for 10 years. Now experts are weighing in on […]