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Stateside: UM response to COVID; Michigan as climate refuge; John Geddert criminal charges

Feb 25, 2021

Nearly two-thirds of the COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County are associated with the University of Michigan. We check in with Dr. Robert Ernst, director of UM’s University Health Service, about how the institution is approaching its COVID-19 response.
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Today on Stateside, two-thirds of Washtenaw County's COVID-19 cases are affiliated with the University of Michigan. A campus health official discusses efforts to curb the spread of the virus. Also, a look at Michigan’s possible future as a haven for those escaping the worst effects of climate change.

Plus, a reporter discusses the charges that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office filed against former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's show was recorded and aired before Michigan Radio's newsroom confirmed that Geddert died by suicide Thursday, February 25. Stateside will continue coverage of this story in the coming days.)

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University of Michigan’s ongoing response to COVID-19 within the campus community

  • Dr. Robert Ernst is the director of the University of Michigan University Health Service, the Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness in Student Life, and chair of the COVID-19 Campus Health Response Committee.

Water could make Michigan a climate refuge. Are we prepared?

  • Keith Schneider is chief correspondent and senior editor of Circle of Blue.

Ex-Olympic coach, Nassar associate John Geddert dead after human trafficking, sexual assault charges

  • Dan Murphy is a staff writer for ESPN. He's also the co-author of Start By Believing: Larry Nassar's Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster.
  • This conversation was recorded and aired before Michigan Radio's newsroom confirmed that John Geddert died by suicide Thursday, February 25. For continuing coverage on this developing story, click here.
  • If you or a loved one have experienced sexual abuse, get help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) or the Michigan Sexual Assault Hotline (855-VOICES4). If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S. at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). These programs are free and confidential.