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Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson

Anna Gustafson is the assistant editor at Michigan Advance, where her beats include economic justice, health care and immigration. Previously the founder of the Muskegon Times and the editor at Rapid Growth Media in Grand Rapids, Anna has worked as an editor and reporter for news outlets across the country. She began her journalism career reporting on state politics in Wisconsin and has gone on to cover government, racial justice and immigration reform in New York City, education in Connecticut, the environment in Wyoming, and more. Previously, Anna lived in Argentina and Morocco, and, when she’s not working, she’s often trying to perfect the empanada and couscous recipes she fell in love with in these countries. You’ll likely also find her working on her century-old home in downtown Lansing, writing that ever-elusive novel and hiking throughout Michigan.

‘I need to heal’: Michigan health officer resigns in wake of mask mandate anger

By: - March 3, 2022

When Lisa Peacock resigns as the health officer at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at the end of April, she plans to get as far away emotionally as she can from these past two years.  She plans to heal. Heal from the trauma of the pandemic. From being scared for her life. From receiving […]

How Long COVID has become the ‘silent pandemic’

By: - February 28, 2022

Every night at 5 p.m., Sheila Decker wraps up her full-time job and opens her computer to spend her evening hours reading “all the newest articles, the newest studies, the newest anything to gain knowledge of what’s going on” about Long COVID. For almost two years, Decker, a 37-year-old living in the Lansing area, has […]

Michigan health officials drop K-12 schools masking recommendation

By: and - February 17, 2022

State health officials announced Wednesday that they are no longer recommending masking in K-12 schools and other indoor public spaces because people have access to vaccines and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing — although they remain far higher than they were at this point last year when the shots were just being rolled out. […]

Michigan reports 4,271 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - February 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,042,013 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 31,271 have died from the virus — an additional 4,271 cases and 312 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,136 […]

‘We seem to let our guard down too quickly, and the virus comes roaring back’

By: - February 16, 2022

After going through “far and away the biggest outbreak we’ve seen,” Michigan’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have begun to drop following a months-long surge. That’s because vaccination rates continue to increase and the omicron variant has infected such a large swath of the population that it now has far fewer people to find as hosts, […]

State reports 56 new COVID-19 school outbreaks in last week

By: - February 14, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,037,742 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 30,959 have died from the virus — an additional 5,380 cases and 60 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan reports 5,716 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - February 11, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,032,362 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 30,899 have died from the virus — an additional 5,716 cases and 152 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,858 […]

Benson asks police, AG to investigate reports of election equipment tampering in N. Michigan

By: - February 11, 2022

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday evening that she asked state police and Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate “multiple credible allegations” her office received this week that at least one unauthorized third party illegally tampered with voting equipment in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County and Richfield Township. The party reportedly “gained inappropriate access to […]

$1.2B spending bill would provide COVID tests, relief for hospitals and schools

By: - February 10, 2022

After sitting on billions of dollars in federal funding for nearly a year, the Republican-led Michigan Legislature passed a $1.2 billion supplemental bill this week that health care leaders said will provide critically needed funds to recruit and retain employees at hospitals that have been hemorrhaging workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 5523, introduced […]

Michigan reports 7,527 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - February 9, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,026,646 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 30,747 have died from the virus — an additional 7,527 cases and 330 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,764 […]

More than 30K Michiganders have now died from COVID-19

By: - February 2, 2022

Michigan hit a grim milestone Wednesday, with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reporting that the state has surpassed 30,000 COVID-19 deaths. The DHHS said Wednesday that 30,170 Michiganders have died from the virus, and a total of 1,999,416 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19. Those numbers represent an additional 327 deaths and […]

Yusef Salaam of the ‘Central Park Five’ headlines MSU’s ‘Slavery to Freedom’ lectures

By: - February 2, 2022

When Yusef Salaam — who will be speaking as part of Michigan State’s upcoming “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series — was 15, he and four other Black and Latino boys were wrongfully convicted for sexually assaulting a female jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.  The boys, all between 14 and 16, went […]