A ‘trauma tsunami’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Michiganders’ mental health

BY: - October 27, 2020

When a patient is dying from COVID-19, nurse Molly Nixon will hold their hand. She will tell them they are loved. And, often, she will be the last person they see as they take their final breaths. “I’m there with them as their last human contact; I’m the last person they see on this earth […]

Michigan doctor, lawyer testify on Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation

BY: - October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan residents — a family physician and a former law clerk — testified virtually before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday as the panel wrapped up its consideration of whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Farhan Bhatti was tapped by Democrats who say Barrett’s […]

Public health experts call out Shirkey’s comments on herd immunity 

BY: - October 12, 2020

A group of national public health experts on Monday penned an open letter to state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) in which they challenged his comments on COVID-19 and herd immunity.  On Sunday, MLive published comments from Shirkey on coronavirus. “Nobody should be misled here or of the opinion that you can keep it […]

Here’s why Michigan’s COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen — for now

BY: - September 18, 2020

Michigan was reporting a grim COVID-19 fatality rate early on in the pandemic. It reached nearly 10% — which was, at one point, the highest rate in the country. After months of slow, steady decline, it’s now at 5.8%, according to the state coronavirus dashboard. By comparison, the U.S. fatality rate is about 3%, according […]

Medical professionals call for more voting options amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - July 15, 2020

A voting rights advocacy organization and several medical professionals on Wednesday called on state and local officials to enact necessary election reforms to safeguard public health amid the COVID-19 crisis.  All Voting is Local, a nonprofit advocacy group, led the morning teleconference with the media. Aghogho Edevbie, the organization’s Michigan state director, said that amid […]


Column: U of M resident physicians have stepped up in the pandemic. They deserve a fair contract.

BY: - June 4, 2020

Across the state and country, health care professionals have been praised as heroes and rightfully so. But for these heroes, they deserve more than just thanks. They deserve fair pay and a fair contract for their work.  I work for the union that represents 1,300 resident physicians at the University of Michigan who have been […]

U of M resident doctors ‘frustrated’ after 5 months without wage deal

BY: - May 20, 2020

More than 1,300 resident physicians at the University of Michigan Hospital are fighting for fair wages as they risk their own health to provide care for COVID-19 patients. They’ve spent the past five months negotiating with hospital administrators to get a raise, and now they’ll have to wait a little longer. A meeting Monday night […]

Location data: Protesters without masks, PPE may have spread COVID-19 to North, West Michigan

BY: - May 4, 2020

Conservatives who didn’t exercise social distancing as they gathered April 15 at the Michigan Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order might have later spread COVID-19 to smaller communities, according to cell phone location data. The protest dubbed “Operation Gridlock,” involved a crowd of about 4,000 people who used their vehicles […]


Hugh Madden: What I learned about social distancing in a hospital waiting room

BY: - April 12, 2020

“See you soon,” I said as I clasped his hand and mustered all the confidence I had in me to smile at him. My dad was heading into surgery for heart valve replacement and I was heading out to the waiting room. It should be just a few hours and he’d be out. I walked […]

MSU doc races to create a faster COVID-19 test

BY: - April 6, 2020

As Michigan has risen to being third in the nation for most COVID-19 cases, a Michigan State University doctor is developing a test for the virus that could have results in 15 minutes.  Across the state, many residents with symptoms have said they can’t get a test due to a shortage. With the exception of […]

Doctors, enviros want water shutoff moratorium extended after COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 2, 2020

On Saturday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive order directing public water utilities to immediately restore water service for every Michigander whose water has been shut off due to non-payment. The order is effective for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, although some social justice groups and medical professionals argue that it should continue for […]

Health care workers using expired gear during pandemic and ‘hoping for the best’ 

BY: - March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway. The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to reuse personal […]