Health Care

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

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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 […]

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Column: Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

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 […]

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 […]

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

BY: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

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 […]

More than 10% of Michigan kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their 1st COVID shot

BY: - November 23, 2021

More than 87,000 (10.5%) of Michigan children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports as of Friday. DHHS is urging parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated before the holidays. “We know these vaccines […]

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Column: Voters may have elected Biden to be ‘normal’, but they also need action

BY: - November 23, 2021

In the fallout over this month’s crushing elections, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) took President Joe Biden to task: “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R.,” she snipped to The New York Times. “They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.” Biden, of course, won a solid victory over Donald Trump, but nothing close […]

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 […]

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 […]