Michelle’s Recent Stories
Health Nov 17Public health programs see surge in students amid pandemic
As state and local public health departments struggle with slashed budgets, surging demand and threats to workers' safety, a new generation is entering the field, determined to help fight the coronavirus and other public health challenges.
Health Nov 12Schools abandon classes, states retreat as virus surges
School systems in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks.
Politics Oct 07High court nominee served as a mentor in religious community that opposes abortion
Barrett has refused to discuss her membership in the People of Praise. The organization opposes abortion and holds that men are divinely ordained as the "head" of both the family and faith, and that it's the duty of wives to…
Nation Sep 15Experts worry as state and local officials roll back virus restrictions
State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social distancing rules again, but public health experts warn the country is setting itself up for failure.
Politics Aug 17Politics slows flow of U.S. virus funds to local public health
Since the pandemic began, Congress has set aside trillions of dollars to ease the crisis. A joint Kaiser Health News and Associated Press investigation finds that many communities with big outbreaks have spent little of that federal money on local…
Nation Aug 10Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Nation Jun 26Confirmed new virus cases hit a new high in U.S.
The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led…
Nation May 24States’ reporting of virus testing data leads to confusion
In some places, there have been data gaps that leave local leaders wondering whether they should loosen or tighten restrictions. In others, officials are accused of spinning the numbers to make their states look better and justify reopening.
Nation May 19States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data
As large parts of the U.S. ease their lockdowns against the coronavirus, public health officials in some states are being accused of bungling infection numbers or even deliberately using a little sleight of hand to make things look better than…
Nation May 07AP analysis: Some states are opening up without meeting key virus benchmarks
An Associated Press analysis has found that 17 states do not appear to meet one of the key benchmarks set by the White House for loosening up — a 14-day downward trajectory in new cases or infection rates.