MI Live: Six Michigan hospitals — including facilities in Grand Rapids, Saginaw and St. Joseph –are at 100% capacity and another 18 are at 90% or more, according to data posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Statewide, hospitals now have almost 4,100 in-patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, a 26% increase in less than two weeks, according to the MDHHS data.
While Franklin is the only county moving to purple this week, we see similar stories in much of the state: Our healthcare system is feeling the impact of this disease and hospitals are worried about being able to keep up w/ staffing of nurses and doctors and other support staff. pic.twitter.com/tH7ooVV6xm— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 19, 2020
Coronavirus cases currently comprise 41% of adult patients in Michigan’s intensive-care units, and 25% of all adult in-patients in Michigan hospitals, the MDDHS numbers indicate.
The fall surge in Covid cases has turned hospital staffing into a sort of national bidding war, with hospitals willing to pay exorbitant wages to secure the nurses they need. That threatens to shift the supply of nurses toward more affluent areas. https://t.co/o4WCXIsNRv— CNN (@CNN) November 25, 2020
The current surge of coronavirus patients is stressing Michigan’s health-care system, a point repeatedly made by the hospital officials across the state in recent weeks.
"We will deal with many more hospitalizations that will push our ability to care for these patients to the brink" William Melms, chief medical officer at Marshfield Clinic Health System tells @johnyangtv about COVID-19's impact on rural Wisconsin.https://t.co/lMEs0MCcNW— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 25, 2020
On Nov. 13, a day after a press conference by five hospital CEOs, the state had one hospital at 97% capacity and another at 90%, defined as occupancy of staffed in-patient beds. Now, 24 Michigan hospitals are at 90% capacity or more.
Does anyone remember why we were originally urged to "bend the curve" on the coronavirus? The immediate fear was that deaths would surge, not just because of infections, but bc hospitals would be overloaded. And guess what's happening now? 1/ pic.twitter.com/4yxK00PHTJ— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 22, 2020
The six hospitals at 100% capacity: Mercy Health St. Mary’s Main Campus in Grand Rapids; Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw; Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph; Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City; Ascension Standish Hospital, and McLaren Bay Special Care in Bay City.
Staffing will be the critical, limiting factor on Covid hospital capacity. It’ll be hard for hospitals to create surge capacity, stand up more ICU beds amidst labor shortages. There isn’t enough swing workforce to surge into all the simultaneous hot zones. https://t.co/KeUxViFXHu— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) November 21, 2020
The other 18 hospitals at 90% capacity or more:
- Detroit Receiving Hospital (97%),
- McLaren Greater Lansing (95%),
- Mercy Health Mercy Campus in Muskegon (95%),
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor (95%),
- Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw (94%),
- Ascension Providence Hospital Southfield (93%),
- Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township (93%),
- Hurley Medical Center in Flint (93%),
- Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids (93%).
- Bronson Battle Creek (92%),
- McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens (92%),
- War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie (92%),
- Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc (90%),
- Ascension Macomb-Oakland Warren (90%),
- Harper University/Hutzel Women’s Hospitals in Detroit (90%),
- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital (90%),
- McLaren Bay Region in Bay City (90%),
- McLaren Port Huron Hospital (90%).
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