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Stateside: One year of pandemic funerals; Flint Water Lab; ending the “tampon tax”

Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of Michigan’s first reported cases of COVID-19. As of March 10, 2021, the state has confirmed that more than 15,700 people have died of the virus in Michigan. COVID-19 has claimed more than 500,000 lives nationally.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

Today on Stateside, more than 15,700 Michiganders have died due to COVID-19. A funeral director discusses how the ongoing pandemic has impacted the mourning process for so many Michigan families. Also, the effort to rebuild community trust through free water testing in Flint. Plus, a look at the “tampon tax” in Michigan — and its uncertain future.

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A year in grief: Running a funeral home during COVID-19

  • Paddy Lynch is a funeral director with Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Clawson.

Tapping into trust: Flint Community Lab offers free water testing for area residents and businesses

  • Dominique Strong is a community outreach coordinator for the Flint Community Lab.
  • Alexandria Schipansky is a principal chemist for the Flint Community Lab.

A legal fight to end the so-called “tampon tax”

  • Clare Pfeiffer is one of three plaintiffs in Beggs vs. Michigan, a class action lawsuit against the "tampon tax" in Michigan. She’s also a volunteer with I Support the Girls Detroit.
  • Laura Strausfeld is an attorney and the co-founder of Period Equity, a nonprofit fighting for menstrual equity.