Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered 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.

Michigan health insurers waive cost-sharing for COVID treatment

By: - April 10, 2020

Almost all of Michigan’s health insurance companies have agreed to waive cost-sharing, including copays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatments.  DIFS can help consumers with health insurance questions and complaints, and the Michigan Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program (HICAP) can provide tips and help answer questions about health insurance, including special enrollment periods […]

As COVID-19 spreads and Mich. death toll hits 1k, Whitmer signs stronger stay home order

By: - April 9, 2020

“I’m in the business of saving lives,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said after announcing she is expanding Michigan’s stay-at-home order until April 30.  As expected, Executive Order 2020-42 extends the prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, which was set to end Monday. What some conservative critics didn’t seem ready for was that she also imposed more […]

COVID-19 cases surpass 20K, Detroit sees slowdown in cases

By: - April 8, 2020

The state is reporting that the number of COVID-19 cases has reached 20,346, an increase of 1,376 since Tuesday. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention […]

Whitmer says COVID-19 still ‘going to hit Michigan incredibly hard’ as state nears 20K cases

By: - April 7, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Michigan reached 18,970 on Tuesday, an increase of 1,749 cases since Monday. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. The number of […]

Whitmer: ‘We are nowhere near the end’ of COVID-19 outbreak 

By: and - April 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan is probably a month away, and hospitals all across the state still do not have the supplies they need to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We know that the apex is probably not until the end of April or […]

Whitmer closes schools for 2019-20, districts to decide learning plans

By: - April 2, 2020

In another action to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that all school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year and is instructing school districts to draft plans and adjust to remote learning. “My No. 1 priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of […]

Whitmer declares state of disaster over COVID-19, Senate GOP leader opposes 70-day extension

By: - April 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer formally declared a state of disaster in Michigan on Wednesday and asked the Legislature to OK an extension on the state of emergency.  The governor said the declaration will allow her “administration to respond more effectively to every facet” of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan.  As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the state […]

Facing felonies, Macomb County prosecutor resigns

By: - April 1, 2020

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, who was charged last week with 10 felonies by Attorney General Dana Nessel for alleged embezzlement and misconduct in office, announced his resignation Monday. “It is with heavy heart that today I am announcing my immediate resignation from the Office of the Macomb County Prosecutor,” Smith wrote in a statement. […]

Nursing homes see spike in COVID-19 cases, Whitmer asked to take action 

By: - March 31, 2020

Updated, 1:06 p.m. 4/13/20 The spread of COVID-19 often hits older people the hardest. Reports coming from nursing homes around the state are showing that those living in these facilities could be in a particularly dangerous situation.  A number of residents and employees working in metro Detroit have tested positive for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, […]


National Guard OK’d to perform humanitarian missions in Michigan

By: - March 30, 2020

President Donald Trump granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to order members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard to perform humanitarian missions across the state during the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to 3,000 members of Michigan’s National Guard, under the governor’s command and control, will help out by running mobile screening facilities, distributing food and […]

Whitmer vetoes spending to funnel more money to COVID-19 response

By: - March 30, 2020

State health officials say Michigan is still weeks away from a peak in COVID-19 cases and we are still lacking medical equipment in the state. So in order to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer whacked new state budget spending the Legislature had teed up. “We know we’ve got to be […]

Detroit convention center will transform into makeshift medical site

By: - March 29, 2020

Detroit’s TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, will be turned into a 900-bed medical site in response to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. Many metro Detroit hospitals are nearing capacity as the virus continues to spread. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, recommended the large convention center be […]