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I am the health care reporter for The Gazette. I cover a broad range of health and other related topics, but since 2020, my work has largely focused on COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic. I am also on The Gazette’s Fact Checker team. Stay informed with a subscription to our Daily News newsletter.
Latest Articles by Michaela Ramm
Health Care and Medicine Apr. 13, 2022 3:00 pm238d ago
After reaching an all-time low last week, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 68 in Iowa in the past week, though that number is still far below the January peak.
Health Care and Medicine Apr. 14, 2022 10:44 am237d ago
Anne Harris Carter has been hired as the first-ever health equity manager at Linn County Public Health. The daughter of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris, Carter will focus on addressing systematic barriers to health equity, such as racism and poverty, that community members face.
Health Care and Medicine Apr. 7, 2022 1:33 pm244d ago
U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Bob Casey introduced legislation that proposes a permanent expansion of a Medicare program for rural hospitals in Iowa and across the nation.
Health Care and Medicine Apr. 6, 2022 6:22 pm245d ago
930 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Iowa in the past week, almost double the number reported last week. It’s the first overall increase in virus activity statewide since the peak of the omicron variant’s surge in mid-January.
Community Apr. 4, 2022 6:00 am251d ago
The City of Iowa City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights is hosting events focused on fair housing in April in honor of the 54th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968.
State Government Apr. 1, 2022 4:56 pm250d ago
On Friday, Iowa ended participation in a federal program that offered households nationwide the maximum benefit available under SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Local food pantries are preparing for a spike in demand.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 31, 2022 7:43 am251d ago
A new study from the University of Iowa’s Post-COVID Clinic has found damage to the small airways in the lungs of long-haul COVID patients experiencing persistent breathing problems. This damage, which cause air to be trapped in the small airways, could be a potentially long-lasting impact from COVID-19 infection, researchers say.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 31, 2022 7:15 am251d ago
COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide increased slightly this week, but the virus has slowed enough in the past month for area hospitals to reach a milestone in the pandemic. In some cases, that watershed only lasted for a day.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 28, 2022 6:00 am257d ago
Effective March 28, 2022, both Cedar Rapids hospitals will begin allowing some hospitalized patients more visitors, a break from stricter policies set at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 24, 2022 3:54 pm258d ago
An in-depth analysis of pandemic response commissioned by Linn County Public Health identified the communication gap between state officials and local public health departments as a hindrance to agencies’ COVID-19 response.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 23, 2022 3:00 pm259d ago
New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reached new lows this week as state and federal health data showed Iowa continuing to emerge from the latest COVID-19 surge.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 21, 2022 6:00 am264d ago
The Eastern Iowa Health Center, the Cedar Rapids-based safety net provider, launched a telehealth program offering virtual psychiatric appointments for its patients after officials reported long wait-times among other providers locally.
History Mar. 18, 2022 6:00 am265d ago
Officials with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in the Cedar Rapids said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has “startling parallels” with the 1968 Soviet Union occupation of former Czechoslovakia, which stopped the country’s path toward democracy for another 20 years.
Health Care and Medicine Mar. 18, 2022 6:00 am266d ago
Daniel Joiner has been named as the chief diversity officer at UnityPoint Health, a new position created to advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the health care system.