Once lauded as heroes, health care workers are now spit on and ‘threatened every day at work’

BY: - October 5, 2021

When Tom Kelsch heads to his job as a registered nurse in Mercy Health Muskegon’s emergency department, he knows, almost without a doubt, that he’ll be threatened by a patient or their family that day. He knows he may see someone’s fist in his face, as has happened in the past, or have to endure […]

Nurse with breakthrough COVID says Michigan GOP has turned pandemic into a ‘bloodsport’

BY: - September 29, 2021

Julia Pulver, a registered nurse from West Bloomfield who’s twice run for the Legislature as a Democrat, already had a lot to say about public health policy. Now, after emerging from a breakthrough COVID-19 case last week, Pulver talked to the Advance Monday about how individual health choices affect the public, the importance of vaccinations […]


Susan J. Demas: Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.

BY: - September 12, 2021

When COVID-19 first paralyzed our nation last winter, many Republican leaders blasted stay-home orders, arguing they would kill businesses and inconvenience folks who had to pause going to the mall or the movies. The soaring death rate oddly seemed to be a far lesser concern. Then they railed against masks, spreading weird conspiracies that a […]

NEW: Despite safety warnings, a metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to COVID-19 patients

BY: - September 3, 2021

A metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to patients with COVID-19, despite the state, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urging against it.  Ivermectin is usually used to treat head lice or parasitic worms in humans, horses and other livestock, but misinformation fueled by right-wing figures […]

Doctors warn horse-dewormer can be lethal, so why are people taking it for COVID-19?

BY: - September 2, 2021

Medication that is usually used to treat parasites has become the latest  COVID-19 conspiracy treatment, but doctors are trying to fight misinformation, stressing it isn’t proven to help treat the virus. In fact, physicians warn the drug can have detrimental side effects in humans if taken incorrectly.  Medical professionals have studied whether or not ivermectin, […]

DHHS: 98% of Michigan COVID-19 cases are from unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people 

BY: - August 13, 2021

The COVID-19 patients filling Michigan’s hospitals are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They hail from throughout the state, from the tip of the Upper Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana borders; they live in city apartments and old farm houses on land dotted by cornstalks. They are younger than many of the COVID-19 patients in […]

A measles vaccination

Under 70% of Michigan kids have all their recommended vaccinations, as rates dipped during pandemic

BY: - July 19, 2021

Following a decline in Michigan’s childhood vaccination rates during the pandemic and with less than half of eligible students vaccinated against COVID-19, physicians and educators are urging parents to protect their children before the school year begins against highly contagious diseases from COVID-19 to measles and whooping cough. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan saw an […]

Doctors call on GOP to stop ‘holding hostage’ COVID vaccine funds

BY: - March 16, 2021

Michigan physicians are calling on state Republicans to work with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on allocating COVID-19 relief funds for health care workers, schools and vaccine distribution. “As physicians, we’re extremely concerned that Republicans in the Legislature continue to block resources that can save lives and safely reopen our schools and economy,” said family physician […]

Medical groups slam GOP bill that prohibits state from considering race, income in vaccine distribution

BY: - February 26, 2021

In response to the GOP-led Michigan Senate voting Thursday on a small COVID-19 relief plan — which also would prevent the state from following longtime, nationally-recognized social equity guidance that informs Michigan’s vaccine distribution —  state medical organizations have come out against the controversial vote. Democratic lawmakers listed numerous reasons for their strong opposition of […]

Too afraid to go to the hospital

BY: - January 26, 2021

At first, it was the silence that was most jarring. When the pandemic arrived in Michigan last March, paramedics and other emergency medical technicians braced themselves for an onslaught of calls to bring individuals battling COVID-19 to the hospital. And while there was certainly a flood of COVID-19 patients to some hospitals, mostly in metro […]

‘There is an end to this pandemic’ 

BY: - December 2, 2020

With the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine potentially arriving for Michigan’s frontline workers in a matter of weeks and the general public possibly accessing the vaccine by spring, public health experts across the state are beginning to see a light at the end of this long tunnel. The days of a virus that has […]

Medical groups: Trump’s attack on doctors on COVID-19 is ‘baseless,’ ‘outrageous’

BY: - November 2, 2020

Following President Donald Trump’s comments at a Waterford Township rally in which he falsely blamed doctors for inflating COVID-19 case numbers, key national and state physician groups have come out against his rhetoric and condemned the “malicious” remarks. On Friday, Trump falsely claimed during the event that the country’s rising COVID-19 numbers can be partially […]