Stateside: Hospital staffing squeeze; zoo animals and COVID-19; being homeless during a pandemic

Apr 8, 2020

Today on Stateside, Michigan’s healthcare system is facing major staffing challenges, as exhausted, under-equipped nurses consider their options. Plus, we take a deeper look at the longstanding health inequities fueling the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on African Americans. 

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Hospital staffing issues worsen as COVID-19 rages in Metro Detroit

  • Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells and producer Will Callan talked about the staffing challenges facing Metro Detroit hospitals.

How the Detroit Zoo is caring for animals during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Ron Kagan is CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society.

Homeless during COVID-19: “I wash my hands, if I can find water. I don’t want to die.”

  • WDET reporter Laura Herberg interviewed Detroiter Jerome Driskell, who is currently homeless. 

COVID-19 pandemic highlights, exacerbates health inequities in marginalized communities

  • Melissa Creary is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.
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