health

Michigan reports 7,867 new COVID-19 cases, 142 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 27, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,120,357 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,060 have died from the virus — an additional 7,867 cases and 142 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,933 […]

In Benton Harbor’s water crisis, a long history of systemic racism — and a chance for justice

BY: - October 26, 2021

Every day, Elnora Gavin wakes up terrified that her young son will use the tap water in their Benton Harbor home to brush his teeth when she’s not looking.  She thinks of the horror stories emanating from children drinking lead infused water in Flint — which, like Benton Harbor, is a predominantly Black city that […]

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Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Study: Over 3,200 Mich. kids lost a caregiver to COVID, hitting Black families hardest

BY: - October 21, 2021

More than 3,200 children in Michigan experienced the death of a primary caregiver due to COVID-19 over the first 15 months of the pandemic, disproportionately affecting Hispanic and Black children in the state.  A recent study from the Journal of Pediatrics, which looked at data from April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, found that […]

Berrien Co. health officials resign, citing ‘politicization of public health’ during pandemic

BY: - October 19, 2021

Two Berrien County Health Department officials announced Monday they are resigning, saying the politicization of the pandemic has made it impossible for them to do their jobs. Acting Health Officer Courtney Davis and Communications Manager Gillian Conrad will leave the health department in Southwest Michigan on Nov. 3 and Oct. 29, respectively.  “I make this […]

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Column: Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine?

BY: - October 6, 2021

I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to a nutrient-dense, “clean” eating program, which means I minimize my sugar intake and eat a lot of whole foods for the purpose of optimizing my health. You might wonder how effective such a diet and exercise plan would be in the fight against COVID-19, since some have […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: and - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

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Rick Haglund: While Republicans blast Biden’s vaccine mandate, some companies are embracing it

BY: - September 27, 2021

Patrick O’Keefe is a Bloomfield Hills business consultant who’s recognized as an expert in “strategic advisory services,” according to a lengthy biography on his company’s website. But he offered some lousy counsel recently in his role as a Michigan State University trustee. O’Keefe, a Republican who was elected to the MSU board last November, spoke […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Michigan reports 6,080 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

BY: - September 24, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,008,069 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,863 have died from the virus — an additional 6,080 cases and 82 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,040 […]

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to step down as Michigan’s chief medical executive 

BY: - September 24, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will leave her post as the state’s top doctor next week after more than a year and a half of leading Michigan’s ongoing battle against COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in a news release Friday afternoon.  Khaldun, the chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health […]

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’

BY: - September 20, 2021

Updated 6:06 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a […]