FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for seniors and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Medical, biz leaders urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 hospitalizations

BY: - September 9, 2021

Michigan’s medical and business leaders convened Thursday to sound the alarm about the possibility of an incoming fourth wave of COVID-19, stressing that the state is at a “tipping point” in dealing with the virus while urging unvaccinated Michiganders to get the vaccine. “We truly need to get the message across that our best treatment […]


Column: Should the unvaccinated be denied health care?

BY: - August 16, 2021

The hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds were in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals at […]

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 […]


Column: Don’t want a vaccine? Be prepared to pay more for insurance.

BY: and - August 11, 2021

America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant. The vaccine resisters offer all kinds of reasons for refusing the […]

Senate sends $385M in spending for flood damage, hospitals and childcare to Whitmer

BY: - July 15, 2021

Updated, 1:18 p.m. 7/15/21 with Biden’s action The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $385 million spending plan that would help Southeast Michigan recover from flooding, boost childcare reimbursement rates, aid hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and more. President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a national disaster declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The Senate […]

51 small, rural Michigan hospitals to receive $13M in COVID-19 funding

BY: - July 15, 2021

As part of the Biden administration’s effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced this week that 51 small, rural Michigan hospitals will share more than $13.1 million to support coronavirus response efforts in their communities. The funds […]

House committee OKs two bills reforming organ donations for those with disabilities or HIV

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives Health Policy Committee on Thursday discussed and voted on bills pertaining to organ donation and transplant policy. One bill aims to help HIV-positive organ donors and recipients, while the other increases access for individuals with disabilities to organ transplants.  House Bill 4521, otherwise known as the The HIV Organ Policy […]

More clinics open for COVID-19 long-haulers

BY: - May 11, 2021

The University of Michigan health system is joining a growing number of major medical institutions opening clinics specifically aimed at treating and studying patients with lingering, serious symptoms from a brush with COVID-19. That could be as many as 10% of people who caught the coronavirus, one of the nation’s chief doctors recently testified. Mount […]

The spring surge: Michigan’s COVID case rates, hospitalizations soar

BY: - March 26, 2021

Updated, 3:05 p.m., 3/26/21 with comments from DHHS While the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel may be getting closer as more vaccines are doled out across Michigan, the pandemic is still far from over. And the public cannot pretend otherwise unless it wants to prolong the disease’s grip on the state, health […]

How a bounty of vaccines flooded a small hospital and its nearby college

BY: - February 2, 2021

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science department’s ultra-low temperature freezer. The vaccine must be stored at […]

Too afraid to go to the hospital: How health workers have dealt with non-COVID patients avoiding care 

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 […]