Live stream: Henry Ford Health shares COVID update

A nurse a dose of the booster against COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign for people 60 and over, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (Fernando Llano, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Leaders of the Henry Ford Health System held a news briefing Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on COVID and its impact on nursing.

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Here’s what you missed: Michigan hospital officials cite first signs of early progress since COVID omicron surge

Health officials shared the latest information on COVID-19 hospitalizations, its impact on operations and how the pandemic has affected the field of nursing.

COVID hospitalizations in Michigan are still near record highs as the state continues to battle increased infections as the omicron variant rapidly spreads. Last Friday, the state reported an average of 18,500 new COVID each day over a two-day period, which is near the record high for new single-day case counts.

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Recent sewage testing in Macomb County found that COVID-19 infections may be starting to decline in the area. However, Michigan’s chief medical officer Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian doesn’t expect the current COVID surge to reach its peak until late January or early February.

Health experts are urging people to get vaccinated for the virus, and to wear masks to help prevent further spread, as infection rates are still incredibly high.

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