Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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  • Detroit Free Press
  • Bridge Magazine
Past:
  • Michigan Radio
  • chicagotribune.com
  • The Progress-Index
  • Burlington TimesNews
  • The News Leader
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Cashay
  • Lansing StateJournal
  • thetimesherald
  • USA TODAY
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Recent articles by Kristen:

370 Beaumont Health workers suspended for refusing COVID-19 vaccines. 70 more quit

About 70 Beaumont Health workers resigned rather than take COVID-19 vaccines and 370 have been suspended. → Read More

370 Beaumont workers suspended for refusing COVID vaccines. 70 more quit.

The health system’s announcement Thursday follows similar action taken by Henry Ford Health System for workers’ failure to abide by a COVID vaccine mandate. Other hospitals will likely follow suit once federal vaccine rules are finalized. → Read More

Macomb Co. schools' COVID-19 cases not what they seem, reporting change causing confusion

Macomb Co. schools appear to be hotbed of COVID-19 cases in latest state report, but officials say formula change in counting cases causing confusion. → Read More

CVS Health hires Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to be its first chief health equity officer

Dr. Joneigh Khaldhun, who led Michigan through the coronavirus pandemic, has been named vice president and chief health equity officer of CVS Health. → Read More

Henry Ford Health warns of spoofing scam linked to its Macomb hospital

The caller ID looks legit: It's Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. You're told you are owed a refund and are asked for bank account information. Don't do it. → Read More

Rapid at-home COVID tests fly off Michigan store shelves as pandemic demand outpaces supply

Free Press reporters scoured metro Detroit's drugstores, pharmacy chains and big-box stores, looking for rapid COVID-19 tests. Here's what we found. → Read More

New data: K-12 schools without mask mandates in Michigan saw 62% more coronavirus spread

New data shows Michigan children at K-12 schools with mask mandates had fewer coronavirus infections than those at schools without mask rules. → Read More

375 kids under 12 are catching COVID-19 daily in Michigan, and it's shutting down schools

Coronavirus cases in K-12 schools in Michigan accounted for 56% of all known new outbreaks last week — more than every other setting combined. → Read More

New report: 1,400 Michigan seniors' lives likely saved by COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus vaccines may have saved the lives of as many as 1,400 Michigan seniors during the first five months of the year, a new report suggests. → Read More

400 workers out, 1,900 exempt after Henry Ford COVID vaccine mandate

The Detroit-based hospital system made the numbers public after a deadline passed for staff to get vaccinated. A dozen Michigan health systems were surveyed on staff vaccine rates, offering varying levels of transparency. → Read More

ER doctor travels U.S. in COVID crisis says mask-wearing, getting vaccine is patriotic

From the pandemic's front line, Dr. Marc Rosenthal travels the U.S. helping in areas of the country hard hit by COVID-19. What he sees is frustrating. → Read More

Michigan budget prompts counties to nix school mask orders; cities still want vaccine rule

Whitmer says language threatening funding for local agencies with mask mandates is unconstitutional, but some don't want to risk a lawsuit. → Read More

2 metro Detroiters charged in schemes to sell fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

A registered nurse from Southgate and a Detroit man were charged Wednesday in federal court, accused of selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine cards. → Read More

Michigan's new definition of a COVID-19 school 'outbreak' will mean fewer are reported

The change will result in fewer reported outbreaks, but the state argued it's necessary to assist with national efforts to collect uniform data. → Read More

Michigan's local health leaders want statewide K-12 mask mandate after threats, harassment

One health officer was nearly run off the freeway. Another was told she should be put in a gas chamber - all because they issued school mask mandates. → Read More

CDC approves Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for essential workers, 65 and older, others

The CDC approved on Friday Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for essential workers, those 65 and older, and people with underlying health conditions. → Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters near approval for 65 and older, those with underlying conditions

Federal regulators opened the door a little wider Thursday for a third booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for millions more Americans. → Read More

Ex-Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace details COVID-19 ordeal: 'I was extremely afraid'

"I was extremely afraid," former Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace said of being hospitalized with coronavirus at a Macomb County hospital. → Read More

The truth about COVID-19 vaccines. Everything you need to know.

Questions answered about the coronavirus vaccines available in the U.S. — from the approval process to the risks vs. benefits of getting a shot. → Read More

COVID-19 breakthrough infections happen to vaccinated, but less hospitalization, death

People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can get breakthrough infection of the virus. But health officials say vaccine reduces hospitalization, death. → Read More