Hundreds of frontline workers at Metro Detroit hospitals quarantine due to COVID exposure
COVID-19 continues to cause havoc in our areas and is now affecting hundreds of workers throughout the Henry Ford Health System. Henry Ford Health said 576 of about 33,000 employees are out of work because they either have COVID-19 or been exposed to coronavirus. READ: CDC releases new, shortened quarantine options for certain COVID-19 exposureHenry Ford Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Adnan Munkarah said they are in quarantine. “It’s in the double-digit and it continues to be concerning, which means the number of affected people in the community continues to be high,” said Dr. Munkarah. Henry Ford Health System said two of its six hospitals are more than 90% full, those are in Macomb and West Bloomfield.
Michigan health officials to work with community leaders to address vaccine concerns
DETROIT – The first COVID-19 vaccine could potentially be rolled out by mid-December, but local health system leaders voiced their concern Friday about recent polls that suggest people may be reluctant to get it. In a briefing Friday, Henry Ford’s chief clinical officer Dr. Adnan Munkarah said addressing those concerns is a top priority. “People ask me am if I’m going to take the vaccine, I’m going to say, ‘Absolutely, yes. The minute the FDA has us gives us the proof that there’s a vaccine that is effective and safe,’” Munkarah said. But there is a concern that many in the community will be hesitant to take the vaccine.
Top Henry Ford Health doctor worried about Michigan COVID-19 deaths rising in near future
DETROIT – Michigan announced 8,516 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record by more than 1,500 cases. A week ago Friday, Michigan reported 3,700 new cases, so the total has more than double. Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health top doctor, is worried about the possibility of COVID-19 deaths jumping. “From a national data perspective, we’ve had close to 1,200 deaths in the past 24 hours,” Munkarah said. “In fact, in 100% of our testing, we weren’t getting back the results within 24 hours,” Munkarah said.