Senate Dems torch Trump admin for coronavirus response, Peters wants national website

BY: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug […]

Whitmer creates task forces to tackle coronavirus

BY: - March 3, 2020

While Michigan has yet to see a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), special task forces are being created to prevent the spread of the disease if it were to appear in the state.  Local and state-level health organizations have also highlighted their teamwork when it came down to testing what turned out to be a […]

As Michigan preps for coronavirus, groups demand end to Detroit water shutoffs

BY: - March 3, 2020

Citing heightened concerns over public health risks, a coalition of Michigan-based social justice organizations released a letter Friday calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to force an end to water shutoffs in Detroit. The groups, led by the People’s Water Board Coalition, say continuing to shut off water for Detroit-area residents who haven’t paid their bills […]

Michigan lawmakers call out xenophobic reactions to coronavirus

BY: - March 2, 2020

In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching national public health emergency status, two Democratic Michigan lawmakers are condemning heightened hostility and racist sentiments toward people of Asian descent as a reaction to the illness. The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and has so far affected at least 89,000 people and killed more than […]

Whitmer briefed by Pence on coronavirus 

BY: - March 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer participated in a nationwide Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing with Vice President Mike Pence, other state governors and health officials on Sunday night, according to Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown. President Donald Trump has named Pence as the leader of the COVID-19 task force. According to the World Health Organization, there have been 89,527 […]

Michigan doctor who confronted Pence says Trump should stop talking about coronavirus

BY: - March 1, 2020

Dr. Rob Davidson, a West Michigan physician and health care activist, whose video confrontation of Vice President Mike Pence went viral in January, says that President Donald Trump needs to keep mum about the coronavirus. Health officials in Washington state on Saturday announced the first American died of COVID-19, known as coronavirus. He was a […]

Whitmer activates State Emergency Operations Center for coronavirus

BY: - February 28, 2020

During a news conference held Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a virus originating in China and that has sickened 81,000 people globally and killed more than 2,600 people, has potential to impact “nearly every aspect of our lives, state government or public schools or businesses, public gatherings and events.” And […]

Michigan medical chief outlines state coronavirus response

BY: - February 28, 2020

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), on Thursday told state lawmakers about state prevention efforts for coronavirus, a respiratory disease that has raised public health concerns worldwide in recent months.  The virus strain that has been at the center of media […]

Nessel: Watch out for coronavirus scams

BY: - February 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning Michiganders to stay alert and watch for scams related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is a new virus strain that has the potential to cause severe […]