Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Kristen:

Health official: 'It's hard to gauge' risk floodwater poses in spreading COVID-19

Coronavirus may have swirled in the floodwaters and spread among those forced out of their homes. Public health officials say there's always risk. → Read More

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn. → Read More

Genetic genealogy companies Ancestry, 23andMe begin COVID-19 research

Two genealogy DNA companies are looking to their customers' genes to figure out why some people get severely COVID-19 symptoms while others have mild symptoms or none at all. → Read More

Backlogged surgeries from COVID-19 shutdown could take months to reschedule

A new executive order allows health care providers to resume non-essential medical treatments starting May 29. → Read More

Michigan health care workers: Trump wants economy to reopen — but we're not ready

Michigan doctors and a nursing home worker spoke out about what they say are failures in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

1 in 3 put off medical care because of COVID-19. It almost cost a Redford man his life

Michael Devine was having chest pains in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He didn't want to go to the hospital, and that choice nearly killed him. → Read More

The path to a coronavirus vaccine might run through Kalamazoo

Pfizer is ramping up its Kalamazoo manufacturing site to aid in the mass production of a coronavirus vaccine now in human trials. → Read More

CDC urges doctors to watch for new pediatric syndrome linked to coronavirus

The CDC issued a health advisory, urging doctors to watch for an inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus in kids. → Read More

Grosse Ile's COVID-19 testing unlike any other in the state

Doctors who live on an island in the Detroit River teamed up to offer widespread coronavirus testing to everybody who lives there. The results will be included in a one-of-a-kind research study. → Read More

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

Doctors are warning parents to watch for symptoms of pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 that can impact the heart. They urge parents to call their pediatrician early if symptoms appear. → Read More

Inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 sickens more than 20 Michigan kids

Doctors are warning parents to watch for symptoms of pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19. As many as 2 dozen Michigan kids have it. → Read More

Macomb County boy, 7, recovers from pediatric rare syndrome linked to COVID-19

As the number of Michigan children with a rare inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 has grown to 33, the mother of a Macomb County boy has a story of hope. → Read More

COVID-19 nearly killed them both: A Michigan couple's journey to hell and back

The Inkster couple knew COVID-19 had them in its clutches, but neither realized just how hard the virus would hold them in its grip. → Read More

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

The Inkster couple who did everything together journey back from the brink of death. Their story demonstrates that leaving the hospital is just one step a long way back from COVID-19. → Read More

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on nurses, doctors and other health care workers. Health systems aren’t always eager to publicly acknowledge those who died. → Read More

From body bags to staffing woes and furloughs, DMC CEO details coronavirus response

The Detroit Medical Center's CEO Audrey Gregory, Ph.D., spoke to the Detroit Free Press on Thursday about how the health system — which operates eight → Read More

Body bags, staffing woes and furloughs: Detroit Medical Center's coronavirus response

Detroit Medical Center CEO Audrey Gregory, Ph.D., spoke about the hospital system's recent controversies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Coronavirus takes heavy toll on health care workers in Michigan, causing dozen-plus deaths

Health care workers in Michigan are dying from the coronavirus, but many employers refuse to confirm the loss of life, citing privacy. → Read More

Michigan family devastated by coronavirus takes another hit

Cheryl Fowler is back in the hospital, this time with a blood clot in her lungs, weeks after she came off a ventilator to help her breathe. → Read More

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

DMC CEO Audrey Gregory said the Detroit-based system has invested meaningfully in medical education and hospital facilities. She would not talk about controversies that made headlines during the coronavirus surge. → Read More