Michigan health chief calls for more medical professionals to help with COVID-19 response

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun speaks at a news conference March 30, 2020.
Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun speaks at a news conference March 30, 2020. (WDIV)

Michigan’s top doctor said the state needs more medical professionals, specifically nurses, to join in the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 5,524 as of Sunday, including 132 deaths, state officials report. Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun said Monday she expects that the number of cases in Michigan will peak within the next few weeks. She said the state will need every medical professional available, no matter his or her expertise, to help with the response.

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“We will need additional medical professionals -- doctors, nurses, physician assistants, respiratory specialists, and others, to help with this crisis,” she said.

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