Karen Mead-Elford has noticed the number of death notices published in her small-town newspaper growing. They might not be all from COVID, she says, but that doesn’t make them any easier to fathom. “There’s a lot of coping going on.”
How many people has Michigan lost to COVID-19? Enough that if they were all in one community, it would be larger than Wyandotte, Okemos, or Mount Pleasant.
COVID-19 is as much if not more of an issue for small town communities. Here’s how one mid-Michigan mayor has been navigating his city through the pandemic.
For Michael Garontakos, home life slowed dramatically during the pandemic. The opposite was true for life at work.
Working remotely during the pandemic hasn’t been flawless. But this Michigander has adjusted on the fly to make it work.
Meet Lisa Calandrino, a mid-Michigan photographer who used the pandemic as a time to hit the refresh button on her mental health while also starting her own business.
Allison Alexander sees a lot of kids at work, and despite being vaccinated against COVID, she masks to keep them safe. And she thinks other Michiganders should too.
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