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Join Bridge Lunch Break on COVID vaccines with Joneigh Khaldun, Linda Vail

Bridge Michigan invites readers to join us Thursday, Feb. 25 for a discussion about all things related to the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution in Michigan. We’ll be joined for this important discussion by the state’s Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun and Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. This hour-long discussion will be moderated by Bridge health reporter Robin Erb from 1 to 2 p.m.
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As Michigan ages, a shortage in health care workers explodes into a crisis

GRAND RAPIDS — Living alone in a Grand Rapids apartment, 84-year-old Nancy Klomparens clings to her independence — and has the injuries to show for it. Poor eyesight contributed to a series of falls, as she said she’s fractured her back five times in the past four years. Once a week, she depends on a home care worker to drive her to the grocery store and help with shopping and other chores.

Innovation, bonuses may help curb Michigan’s home health care shortage

Like home care agencies across the country, New York City’s Cooperative Home Care Associates faced a nagging challenge: How to hire and retain quality direct care workers?. Starting small, in 1985, the agency has become a nationwide model for what experts nationwide say is a burgeoning crisis in home health workers. From an initial staff of 12 home health aides, it now employs more than 2,000. And unlike the vast majority of home care agencies, it’s employee-owned: Workers have the option of buying into the company.

Michigan lawmakers jump to head of COVID vaccine line, as seniors scramble

As thousands of seniors scramble for the coronavirus vaccine, some politicians in southeast Michigan are jumping to the front of line with the help of their local governments. Oakland County and Detroit have offered the vaccine to politicians, with Oakland offering it to state legislators and county commissioners and Detroit offering it to legislators and city council members. Macomb County allows elected municipal leaders to sign up as well.

Michigan unemployment system surprised by so many COVID claims. Again.

Tell us if you’ve heard this one before. The reason Michigan’s website for unemployment payments crashed Monday: too many users. That conclusion was announced after analysis of the computer glitch by the Department of Management and Budget. This marks at least the second time since the COVID pandemic struck that state computers were overwhelmed by workers seeking benefits.

Why a stockpile of a promising COVID-19 treatment sits unused in Lansing

With shortages of the COVID-19 vaccine expected for the foreseeable future, people’s lives depend on having effective treatments for the virus. Yet the demand for monoclonal antibodies, a promising therapy some Michigan health systems are heralding as a success, remains stubbornly low: Only 10 percent of the state’s supply is even being used. The rest is just sitting in a warehouse in Lansing.