Executives from 110 of Michigan’s 137 hospitals called it “imperative” that every Michigan resident follow applicable safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed in the near future.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association released a joint statement Thursday, October 22, as the state reports an increase in new coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalizations and positive test rates on a daily basis.
In the statement, the Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers noted that Michigan hospital stays recently increased by more than 80%. As of Wednesday, there were 1,221 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in Michigan’s hospitals, including 112 patients on ventilators and 273 in intensive care.
“This leap puts our entire health system at risk from another capacity crisis,” the statement said. “If the trend continues, doctors and nurses, therapists and caregivers, catering and support staff who have barely recovered from the terrible stress of the initial COVID-19 surge will experience additional stress and risk their own infection, illness and disease . “Mortality.
“If Michigan doesn’t change its approach to this disease, we could have overcrowded hospital emergency rooms and exceed our hospital capacity, as we did in southeast Michigan last spring.”
Regardless of changes to state law, executive regulation, or Ministry of Health policies, state health leaders have stated that they stand “as a united front” in their policies and interventions to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Staff, patients, and visitors must continue to wear masks and be screened before entering a facility, and visit remains limited.
“We ask everyone to follow the public version of these precautions: wear a mask, stay at least three feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands frequently,” the statement read. “We do this to protect our patients, visitors, and health care workers.”
“These measures will also prevent another catastrophic surge in hospital admissions and COVID-19 deaths, but we need your help and compliance.”
There are an average of 1,704 new cases and 21 new deaths per day in Michigan, based on a seven-day moving average. The state recorded an average of 854 new cases and 12 new deaths earlier in the month.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 hospital stays peaked at around 4,000 patients in mid-April. This number fell to around 310 patients in mid-June and is now back over 1,200.
73 of the state’s 83 counties reported accelerated coronavirus rates in the past week from the previous week. Thirty-three counties have positive test rates greater than 5%. This is where health professionals draw the line as to when it is safe to open schools.
Thursday’s joint statement was signed by officials from hospitals across the state, including Ascension Michigan, Beaumont Health, Bronson Healthcare, Detroit Medical Center, Covenant Healthcare, Henry Ford Healthcare System, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Health Care, MidMichigan Health and Sparrow Health and Spectrum Health and the University of Michigan Health System.
“Help keep COVID-19 under control by doing everything you can to prevent further illness and hospitalization,” the statement said. “Support our dedicated and courageous health workers in continuing the fight against COVID-19 for those patients who are unfortunate enough to get sick during the pandemic.
“Together we can get to where we want to be: to keep this dangerous virus under control.”
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