Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, joined forces with school officials Monday to call on parents before school starts to catch students up on childhood immunizations that were missed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Childhood vaccination rates have dropped below 70 percent in more than half of Michigan’s counties. Seven counties and the city of Detroit have dropped below 60 percent.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Initial state data shows a 20-percent increase in opioid overdose deaths in the first half of 2020 from the previous year.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a package of bills Wednesday during a media conference to mandate supportive practices in hospitals and increase access to life-saving medications.

A key aspect of the bills is to increase access to Naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses. Supporters of the bills, including the state's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said the drug can stop preventable loss of life.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Health care providers in Michigan have been given the go-ahead to administer the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. That’s as Michigan faces some of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the country.

Michigan health officials lifted a pause on the J&J vaccine based on advice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC determined getting more people vaccinated outweighs the very remote risk of developing a blood clot.

LANSING, MI--   To help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is ramping up testing and urging Michiganders to continue mitigation practices that help slow the spread of the virus. 

LANSING, MI--   Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive has been named to the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has been the lead strategist advising the state’s COVID-19 response. The task force is charged with issuing a range of recommendations to help inform the COVID-19 response and recovery. This includes recommendations on the equitable allocation of COVID-19 resources and relief funds, effective outreach and communication to under-served and minority populations, and improving cultural proficiency within the Federal Government.

Khaldun: vaccines will keep COVID mutations at bay

Feb 10, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new more-contagious strain of the coronavirus has been found in 10 counties in Michigan. 

Chief Medical Executive, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, says getting vaccinated will protect people and stop the virus from mutating.

“Viruses change and mutate when they have the opportunity to spread. So getting vaccinated will not only slow the spread of the usual COVID-19 virus, but it will also prevent the virus from getting the opportunity to mutate as it spreads from person to person,” she says.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan expects to receive about 257,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines initially if the federal government authorizes them for emergency use this month. 

The doses would be enough to immunize roughly 128,000 residents. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, says the priority remains frontline health care workers and people living and working in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes.


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that it’s becoming more difficult to get people to follow mask, distance, and gathering guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

That’s as her top health advisor warned that a new wave of infections is likely following Thanksgiving gatherings.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers have taken a turn for the worse.

“This is the moment that medical experts have been warning us about, and dreading, since the beginning of this pandemic,” she said during an online news conference

Whitmer’s chief medical executive, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, said Michigan is at its worst point since the start of the pandemic.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s chief health officer is warning that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

The state says Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week. About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, says it's critical to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.