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Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.

Michigan has lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 cases since March

By: - May 13, 2020

There’s some good news in Michigan’s fight against COVID-19, as the state is seeing its lowest percentage of positive cases in two months. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Michigan has had an overall positivity rate of 18.1% since March, but that the state hit an […]

Former MEA President Steven Cook dies at 63

By: - May 13, 2020

The Michigan Education Association (MEA), a labor union representing more than 157,000 teachers, faculty and education support staff throughout the state, announced Wednesday that its former president, Steven Cook, passed away this week. Cook was 63 and passed away from a non-COVID-19 illness. He was the longest-serving officer of any National Education Association (NEA) state […]

Former Sen. Hood dies of COVID-19, state sees over 48K cases

By: - May 12, 2020

Former state Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) has passed away at age 54 due to complications from COVID-19.  Hood represented the 3rd Senate District in Wayne County for eight years until 2018. He also served three terms representing the 11th House District. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who served with Hood in the Legislature, said Hood was […]

Some workers worry about safety as manufacturing plants reopen

By: - May 12, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced last week that manufacturing companies could reopen Monday as a part of her MI Safe Start Plan. Her plan to reopen manufacturing companies, which accounts for 19% of the state’s economy, represents a significant part in re-engaging the state’s economy. The decision also falls under phase three of her six-part plan […]

State awards new COVID-19 contact tracing contracts

By: - May 11, 2020

The state of Michigan has awarded two new contracts worth more than $1 million to Detroit companies in order to expand COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer canceled a contract with a Democratic consultant-owned campaign outreach company in April following complaints that a partisan firm would be collecting and monitoring health […]

As COVID-19 cases increase, state reports 15,659 Michiganders have recovered

By: - May 8, 2020

There are now 46,326 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Friday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says that 4,393 people in the state have now died of COVID-19. COVID-19 has now also reached every county […]

Despite pandemic, Michigan has record-breaking election turnout

By: - May 7, 2020

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said voters broke a record set in 2015 for the percentage of ballots cast in May elections, despite voting during a pandemic. Benson said that 25% of eligible voters, or roughly more than 180,000 Michiganders, participated in Tuesday’s elections. Additionally, 99% cast absentee ballots, with only 1,775 people voting […]

45K cases, 4.2K COVID-19 deaths reported in Michigan

By: - May 6, 2020

There are now 45,054 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. 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 […]

Dana Nessel

AG: Whitmer’s emergency orders are enforceable

By: - May 5, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has reviewed two of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s biggest actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and said Tuesday that they are enforceable. In a letter to law enforcement, Nessel said the stay-home order in effect until May 15 and the order closing many businesses through May 28 must still be enforced […]

Pfizer to produce COVID-19 vaccine in Kalamazoo

By: - May 5, 2020

More than 4,100 deaths and almost 44,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Michigan — which will now be one of three states where Pfizer will begin manufacturing a vaccine to prevent the disease. On Monday, Pfizer announced it will begin manufacturing a vaccine at a site in Kalamazoo, along with other sites located […]

Mortuary response team activated for 1st time in 10 years 

By: - May 4, 2020

The state has activated the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT) for the first time since its creation in 2009 to help health care facilities and funeral homes manage the surge of human remains during the COVID-19 pandemic. MI-MORT is made up of 40 volunteers, including medical examiners, investigators, law enforcement, forensic scientists, chaplains and funeral […]

When will people be comfortable traveling? For Michigan, that’s a multi-billion-dollar question.

By: - May 3, 2020

Alyson Burch was planning to visit family and friends in the Flint area on her vacation in August. Now she’s thinking about canceling. Burch, 33, lives in Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula, where there have been only three confirmed cases and two deaths from COVID-19. Flint is located in Genesee County, which has more […]