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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 Nov. 30, 2021 5:04 pm
Witwer Children’s Therapy is doubling the footprint of its Cedar Rapids clinic at 3245 Williams Parkway SW after providers say they’ve seen an increase in demand for services since COVID-19 started.
Crime and Courts Jan. 20, 2022 9:55 am
Ethan Alexander Orton, the 17-year-old Cedar Rapids resident accused of killing both his parents on Oct. 14, has entered not guilty pleas to two counts of first-degree murder.
Crime and Courts Jun. 21, 2022 2:45 pm
Police had responded to a call for a disturbance on the evening of Nov. 27, and found the victim had sustained bruises, broken ribs and a punctured lung. The individual had to receive emergency medical care and be hospitalized, according to a criminal complaint.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 26, 2021 7:00 am
As of this month, Sue Mincks has officially flown 1,000 times as a flight paramedic at the LifeGuard Air Ambulance at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital. She joined the crew in 2005.
Employment Nov. 26, 2021 6:00 am
About a dozen long-term care facilities across Eastern Iowa have hired apprentices to fill open CNA positions. The program, facilitated through Kirkwood Community College, hopes to entice long-term employees locally by providing funding for their coursework and exam costs.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 24, 2021 1:41 pm
New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have increased again this week as Iowans prepare to gathering with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving celebrations this week.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 23, 2021 7:41 am
Iowa’s already strained health care system could be in for a rough winter after officials with the University of Iowa Health Care say flu cases have rapidly increased in the past two weeks, raising the possibility that the state could face “twindemic” spikes of flu and COVID-19.
Kids Articles Nov. 22, 2021 11:17 am
In 1910, turkeys were completely wiped out in Iowa. But after experts introduced turkeys from Missouri, the wild bird population adapted so well that the population has boomed in Iowa.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 22, 2021 12:31 pm
As Iowans prepare to gather with loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday, virus transmission rates are at the highest levels. Iowa hospital officials are encouraging people to get the COVID-19 booster shot and take other steps to prevent infections among vulnerable Iowans.
History Nov. 19, 2021 6:00 am
A nonprofit has formed to restore and preserve a two-story schoolhouse and auditorium built in 1899 in the unincorporated community of Sharon Center in southwest Johnson County.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 18, 2021 4:07 pm
Iowa’s four Catholic Dioceses launched a campaign this week to encourage Iowans to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The effort was launched after conversations about vaccine hesitancy between the Diocese of Davenport and the University of Iowa.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 18, 2021 2:51 pm
Local vaccine providers say they are still seeing high demand for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children aged 5 to 11 years in the two weeks since federal health officials approved the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for this age group. Health care providers say children who receive the first shot this week will be fully vaccinated by the end-of-year holidays.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 15, 2021 2:25 pm
Mercy Medical Center says 98.1 percent of all staff are compliant with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement as of Monday, the final day for employees to be fully vaccinated or have an exemption. Hospital officials say “a small percentage” of staff requested and were approved for a religious or medical exemption.