Beaumont Royal Oak doctor says hospitals are at critical levels due to COVID surge

COVID case numbers in Michigan surge

Beaumont doctor speaks about what he's seeing in the hospital as COVID cases spike

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A doctor at Beaumont Royal Oak hospital is speaking out about what he’s been seeing.

The COVID case numbers don’t tell the full story of the recent surge in cases. That’s why Dr. Matthew Sims wants to let people know what he’s seeing on the job.

He said he feels cases are already at crisis levels for hospitals. Sims is the director of Infectious Disease Research for Beaumont Health.

COVID patients are coming in more sick. Likely due to COVID variants. They are younger, between 30 and 50 years old.

“We are seeing more and more COVID patients every day,” Sims said.

Beaumont Health has reopened all of its COVID wings across the system. The average stay is one week. Steroids and other drugs used now seem to be helping.

Sims said there is economic pressure, political pressure and then there is medical pressure on Michigan officials.

“There is medical pressure that says we probably should shut down,” Sims said.

READ: Michigan’s coronavirus surge worst in nation, data shows

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