Brett is the health reporter and a producer at WXXI News. He has a master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and before landing at WXXI, he was an intern at WNYC and with Ian Urbina of the New York Times. He also produced freelance reporting work focused on health and science in New York City. Brett grew up in Bremerton, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Struggling to keep up with a COVID-19 surge in Michigan, overwhelmed local health departments turned to schools, and recruited principals and teachers as supplemental contact tracers.
The coronavirus is spreading so fast that cases are outpacing the contact-tracing capacities of some local health departments. Some have asked people who test positive to do their own contact tracing.
As cities weather the first blasts of excessive summer heat, officials weigh the benefits of opening cooling centers and spray parks against the risks of letting people gather in public spaces.