Health officials rush to get Michiganders vaccinated as COVID variants, hospitalizations increase

No new restrictions to be put in place currently

DETROIT – COVID case numbers in Michigan have been surging. There are more than 3,000 people hospitalized, and half of those people are under the age of 60.

READ: Michigan officials push for younger people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as cases surge

“I’m concerned,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, “But in general, we’re in a much better place than we were a year ago.”

While vaccines have been a game changer, hospitalizations in Michigan are surging.

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For months, Beaumonth Health said they were averaging about a hundred COVID patients a month. Now that number is closer to 600.

READ: Michigan COVID hospitalizations: Half of 3K patients are younger than 60

Capacity across eight Beaumont hospitals ranges anywhere from 68-100%.

The state says Beaumont Hospital Wayne is at full capacity.

Across five Henry Ford Hospitals, the capacity ranges from about 70-99%.

Capacity at Detroit Receiving is 87% and Children’s Hospital of Michigan is at 62%.

READ: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trends

According to medical experts, before the pandemic, hospitals generally operate at about 90% and hospitals now are better equipped at treating COVID patients.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got her COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday. She consults medical experts often as cases rise to alarming levels, but she’s not putting any new restrictions in place as more people are getting vaccinated.

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