The U.S. government will send 44 military medical personnel to Michigan to help besieged hospitals treat patients with COVID-19 amid a fourth wave that is the worst in the country, health officials from the nation said on Wednesday. ‘State.
It will also open beds at the Detroit Veterans Hospital for transfers.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer requested help at the request of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The two teams of 22 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and treat patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, the state health department said.
As of Wednesday, more than 4,100 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus. The 3,900 adults hospitalized with confirmed infections were 87% more than a month ago and about 94% of the state’s record, set in April.
“At this time, our doctors and nurses report that the vast majority of their patients are not vaccinated or have not yet received a booster dose,” the governor said in a statement. “We can all do our part to help reduce the pressure on our hospital systems by getting vaccinated, making an appointment for a booster dose and continuing to take precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. “
Brian Peters, CEO of the statewide hospital group, said the situation was “dire” and the support of the Department of Defense was “desperately needed.”
“Many hospitals across the state are operating at full capacity, delaying elective medical procedures and placing their emergency services on the back burner,” he said. “Receiving these teams of federal caregivers can only help these hospitals.”
Michigan, where more than 25,000 people have died from confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, again recorded the nation’s highest seven-day infection rate on Wednesday. It reported 17,000 new cases over two days and 280 additional deaths. The daily seven-day average, 8,165 on Tuesday, was near its 20-month pandemic peak, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Almost 58 percent of residents aged five and over are fully immunized, below the national rate of nearly 63 percent. About 27 percent of people 18 and older who were fully vaccinated received a booster, a rate higher than the rate of 20 percent nationally.