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Michigan hits new record for adult COVID-19 hospitalizations; 80% of beds full

Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News on

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Michigan reached a new record of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday with 4,181 hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus, the most since the pandemic began.

In the state, more than 80% of total hospital inpatient beds and 84% of intensive care unit beds are full, according to the state health department. Hospitalizations have been increasing for 19 weeks, and Michigan continues to have the most cases and highest inpatient bed use in the country.

The Monday tally breaks the previous record of 4,158 adults hospitalized on April 19.

Nine hospitals are 100% full, according to the latest state data. They include Ascension Standish, Bronson South Haven, Detroit Receiving Hospital, MidMichigan Medical Center in Alma, ProMedica Coldwater, Promedica Monroe, Spectrum Health in Hastings, St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor and Livingston. Another 22 hospitals are above 90% full.

"It's almost exclusively unvaccinated," Dr. Matthew Sims, director of infectious disease research for Beaumont Health, told The Detroit News during a Sunday break of caring for COVID-19 patients. "And I can tell you the numbers that we've seen by me and my partners in the last couple of days have gone up."

Beaumont, the state's largest health system, is treating Michigan's most COVID-19 patients at 562 at eight of its hospitals, which are all above 70% capacity.

 

"No, I don't think that's the Thanksgiving effect yet," he added. "I'm sure that Thanksgiving is probably going to push it even higher. So we're concerned."

About 23% of hospital inpatients statewide are COVID positive, according to the state's latest hospital data. There are regional differences with some facilities reporting that nearly 50% of inpatients are COVID positive.

As of Monday, 4,181 adults and 48 children are hospitalized with positive cases. Another 205 adults and 139 children are hospitalized with suspected cases.

About 917 patients are in ICUs and nearly 557 are on ventilators, according to the state's data.

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