Joneigh Khaldun

Whitmer: COVID-19 cases surging due to sports, young people

BY: - March 19, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that student athletes will be required to be tested before practices and competitions due to the latest surge in Michigan’s COVID-19 cases largely associated with sports teams.  Case rates across the board have been increasing in Michigan for the last four weeks, but the 10 to 19 age group has […]

Oakland County marks 1-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan with memorial trail

BY: - March 10, 2021

Oakland County marked the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan on Wednesday, opening a memorial trail where residents can reflect on the 15,706 lives lost to the virus since March 10, 2020. “We need this moment to remember and express our feelings as a community after enduring a year of pandemic challenges, […]

State to open COVID-19 vaccines to Michiganders 50+ 

BY: - March 3, 2021

State government officials announced on Wednesday that Michigan is expanding COVID-19 vaccination eligibility starting Monday.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care […]

New: White Michiganders are about 2x as likely to have gotten the COVID vaccine than African Americans

BY: - February 23, 2021

Updated, 5:23 p.m. 2/23/21 State health officials reported Tuesday that white people are about twice as likely as Black individuals to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Michigan and emphasized they are continuing efforts to address the racial inequities plaguing the vaccine rollout. According to newly released data by the Michigan Department of Health and Human […]

‘It was literally Christmas’

BY: - February 20, 2021

When COVID-19 vaccines began arriving in Michigan two months ago, it was a lot like Christmas, Detroit Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry said. There was excitement that the doses had arrived, of course, but it was more that the exact contents were something of a surprise. “It was literally Christmas; you’d open up a box […]

Winter weather in the South delays COVID-19 vaccines to Michigan

BY: - February 19, 2021

Due to winter storms in southern states, Michigan is going to see a delay in vaccine shipments, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We ask that Michiganders confirm their appointments prior to traveling and to have patience as providers seek to reschedule any appointments,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical […]

Prisoners should be a priority for COVID vaccinations, advocates say 

BY: - February 17, 2021

A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase its COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the 33,000 people incarcerated in state prisons.  “Prioritizing who in Michigan gets the COVID-19 vaccine and when they get it must be guided by public health policies,” said […]

Racial inequities resurface in coronavirus vaccinations

BY: - February 16, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has been knee-deep in coronavirus data for nearly a year. As the state’s chief medical officer and the chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), she has weighed racial disparities, partnering with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist last spring to remove barriers related to race […]

Food processing, mortuary workers will soon be able to get COVID vaccine 

BY: - February 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Monday a new program to enhance the state’s equity strategy to reach more Michiganders with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. “Workers in higher risk agricultural settings have been adversely impacted by this pandemic. We also know that we need to remove barriers to […]

Officials push to erase racial disparities in COVID vaccination rates

BY: - February 11, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) had a message for constituents hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine.  “I was scared to death to get this shot,” she said Wednesday night during a Facebook Live event to address coronavirus vaccine concerns in the Black community. “Then I began to realize I was being stupid. It is safe. […]

Biden appoints Khaldun to COVID equity task force

BY: - February 10, 2021

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical officer and chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been tapped for a new Biden administration task force to address COVID-19 related health and social inequities. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the country, it has had a disproportionate impact […]

Study: Black Michiganders experience worse outcomes after COVID-19 recovery

BY: - February 3, 2021

Black COVID-19 survivors in Michigan are experiencing disproportionately worse outcomes than their white counterparts, according to a new research study conducted by the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). So far, a total of 637 surveys from COVID-19 survivors have been conducted. Key health, socioeconomic and care access […]