After Rep. Carter contracts COVID-19, lawmakers, staff advised to self-quarantine

BY: - March 26, 2020

The first known member of the Michigan Legislature has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. State Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) attended the last House session on March 17, in which 94 of the chamber’s 110 members — including Carter — were present for a lengthy 12-hour session to negotiate a […]

Slotkin bill would force Trump to use Defense Production Act for life-saving medical supplies

BY: - March 25, 2020

A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) would force President Donald Trump to take advantage of a wartime-era law that would speed production of critically-needed medical supplies, easing shortages in states that are already running out just weeks into the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Slotkin and fellow U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and […]

School, STEAM-based learning center use 3D printers for N95 masks

BY: - March 25, 2020

One Michigan school is working to help local health care workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) as Michigan residents continue to become ill with COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. As previously reported by the Advance, nurses and health care workers are reporting shortages of PPE in Michigan and across the […]

Almost 500K Michiganders would die of COVID-19 without action, per state model

BY: and - March 25, 2020

Updated, 8:55 a.m., 3/25/20 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced a stay at home executive order for all of Michigan through April 13, something endorsed by public health experts and bipartisan leaders. There were some startling numbers behind the policy. After consulting with health experts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) determined […]

Working through a pandemic: Many health care workers face health risks, can’t take time off

BY: - March 24, 2020

Doctors, physicians, nurses, certified nurses’ aides (CNAs), medical technicians and medical assistants are just some of the people working on the front lines when it comes to helping sick patients and seniors. 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 […]

New: Whitmer consulting with epidemiologists on ‘shelter in place’

BY: - March 23, 2020

Updated, 10:22 a.m., 3/23/20 As neighboring Ohio on Sunday instituted a “shelter in place” order — notably a state with a Republican governor, Mike DeWine — there’s widespread speculation that Michigan will soon join the ranks of states with such measures. Under “stay at home” orders, residents would be limited to leaving their homes only […]

Doctors group calls for national ‘shelter in place’ order, asks Michigan business groups for support

BY: - March 22, 2020

The Committee to Protect Medicare (CPM) has asked the President Trump administration to issue a national “shelter in place” order to “slow the runaway spread of COVD-19.” 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 U.S. Centers for […]

Will Michiganders with ‘surprise medical bills’ get some relief?

BY: - March 2, 2020

Accidents and emergencies can happen to anyone, and that also puts people at risk of receiving “surprise medical bills” afterwards.  State Rep. Roger Hauck (R-Mt. Pleasant), explains that “surprise medical billing” is just a disagreement between the insurer and a care provider caused by a patient going to an in-network facility for either emergency care […]