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Coronavirus is killing far more US health workers than official data suggests

The number of healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is probably far higher than the reported tally of 9,200, and US officials say they have no comprehensive way to count those who lose their lives trying to save others.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the infection tally on Tuesday and said 27 health worker deaths have been recorded, based on a small number of test-result reports.

Paul A. Eisenstein Talks to Craig Fahle of "The Craig Fahle Show" about Neigbhors That Care

Craig Fahle, host of "The Craig Fahle Show on Deadline Detroit," and Paul A. Eisenstein discuss the development of Neighbors That Care.


Listen to the conversation and get details about how you can make an impact.

Detroit field hospital at TCF Center now has 8 coronavirus patients

Five days after the TCF Center was ready to start admitting coronavirus patients, eight people are being treated at the 1,000-bed field hospital in Detroit.


The TCF Regional Care Center, the former Cobo Convention Center that was transformed into the field hospital, admitted its first patient Sunday and by Tuesday morning, a total of eight coronavirus patients were at the facility.

COVID-19 challenges social service agencies serving Detroit homeless

Despite higher costs associated with combating COVID-19, social service agencies are ramping up efforts to serve the homeless amid growing cases of the virus in the city and southeast Michigan.


The efforts continue even as they balance the need for social distancing, extra cleaning and health checks.

Co-founder Paul A. Eisenstein Talks to WJR's Paul W. Smith about Neighbors That Care

Paul W. Smith, host of WJR's The Paul W. Smith Show, talks with Paul A. Eisenstein about the creation of Neighbors That Care.


To learn more about what you can do and listen to the interview, click here. 

Michigan announces expanded coronavirus testing plans

State officials announced plans to increase testing for coronavirus in Michigan, emphasizing that more and quicker tests will help identify where the disease is located and help medical leaders in responding to the outbreak.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Saturday afternoon that 13 new or expanded COVID-19 testing sites will be opened in Michigan and will feature drive-through capabilities, allowing patients to remain in their vehicles while being tested.

Mich. corrections officers get hazard pay, dispute use of sick time for quarantines

Michigan's corrections officers, 6,000 people who work in close quarters with colleagues and inmates and cannot work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, will receive $750 per pay period in hazard pay, starting with their May 14 paychecks, and retroactive to April 5.


The virus, which has killed 1,281 people in Michigan since its confirmed arrival on March 10, has killed seven prisoners and two staffers.

Royal Oak police chief third in Metro Detroit with COVID-19

Corrigan O'Donohue of the Royal Oak Police Department has become the third Metro Detroit police chief confirmed to have the coronavirus.


O'Donohue joins Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Highland Park Police Chief Hilton Napoleon in that trio, but said in an email to city staff that he is "feeling well and "currently has no symptoms."

Detroit's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 5,834, 247 total deaths

The City of Detroit on Wednesday reported 333 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, reflecting a slight decline recently in the number of positive cases reported here within a 24-hour period as testing for the virus continues to ramp up. 

Detroit's Health Department recorded 5,834 cases and a total of 247 deaths, including 26 new fatalities over Tuesday.

Prominent Manhattan E.R. doctor on coronavirus front lines kills herself

A prominent Manhattan emergency room doctor who had treated a staggering number of coronavirus patients killed herself in Virginia, authorities said Monday.


Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, the medical director of NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital’s emergency department, died by suicide in Charlottesville, a spokesman for the local police department told the Daily News.