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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.

Michigan Nurses Association files unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital

By: - November 29, 2021

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow Hospital with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week, alleging that the Lansing-based health care facility has repeatedly violated federal labor law and employed union busting tactics as the hospital and its caregivers’ union negotiate a new contract. According to the […]

Michigan reports 17,003 new COVID cases since Monday, about 844 children infected every day

By: - November 24, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,276,264 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,595 have died from the virus — an additional 17,003 cases and 280 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 8,502 […]

As Michigan battles skyrocketing COVID numbers, health officials brace for Thanksgiving impact

By: - November 24, 2021

As Michigan’s COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations continue to soar, leaving emergency rooms bursting at the seams with unvaccinated patients, health experts across the state are pleading with the public to mitigate the spread of the virus with vaccinations, masks and other health precautions this Thanksgiving and over the winter holidays. “I know many of […]

Whitmer directive: Michigan must accelerate plans to replace lead pipes

By: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive Monday ordering state agencies to ready plans to quickly replace lead pipes using an influx of federal dollars from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); Treasury; and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) must “assess strategies  to control the […]

Sparrow Hospital caregivers approve strike authorization

By: - November 22, 2021

Updated Nov. 22, 2021, 5:42 p.m. with information about Sparrow’s proposed contract that was presented to the union on Monday and the union’s response. Members of a union representing thousands of caregivers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing voted to authorize a strike should union leaders determine it’s necessary during ongoing contract negotiations, the Michigan Nurses […]

‘This surge is seemingly unending’: Hospitals are at breaking point with unvaccinated patients

By: - November 21, 2021

Dr. Rob Davidson had just finished his shift as an emergency room physician in West Michigan on Wednesday when he sank into the front seat of his car and hit record on his phone. “The COVID numbers are putting us over the top, beyond capacity, everywhere,” Davidson, who also serves as the executive director of […]

Whitmer to Michiganders: Get your COVID booster shot

By: - November 18, 2021

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations skyrocket in the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging eligible Michiganders to get their booster shots once federal health officials approve them for all adults in the United States.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated this week to expand access to the booster shots for all adults who […]

Michigan reports more COVID cases than any other state over the last week 

By: - November 17, 2021

The state’s COVID numbers continue to soar in what has become the fourth surge of the pandemic, with Michigan reporting more cases than any other state in the country over the past week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported. State health officials said Wednesday that a total of 1,224,273 Michiganders have […]

After flu outbreak at U of M, health officials plead with public to get vaccinated

By: - November 17, 2021

Following a massive flu outbreak at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus — the school reported 511 cases there in the past two weeks — state health officials are urging Michiganders to get the influenza vaccine and continue to wear face masks.  “As we head into respiratory virus season, it is important to take […]

Suit alleges ‘deliberate indifference’ from govt. leaders over Benton Harbor water crisis

By: - November 17, 2021

Updated Nov. 18, 12:21 p.m., with the correct location of Morgan & Morgan. A group of Benton Harbor residents filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad, and other state and city officials last week, accusing the government leaders of “deliberate indifference” and alleging they failed to adequately warn residents […]

Marshall police: Sen. John Bizon accused of assaulting nurse practitioner

By: - November 15, 2021

State Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a nurse practitioner at a Marshall medical group accused him of grabbing her, pulling her into him and squeezing her before storming off because she wouldn’t give him medication unrelated to his diagnosis, according to police and court documents. Bizon, a doctor […]

Michigan reports 15,878 new COVID-19 cases and 83 deaths since Wednesday

By: - November 12, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,188,678 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,767 have died from the virus — an additional 15,878 cases and 83 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 7,939 […]