Virus is ‘runaway train’ at Michigan hospital system

Virus is 'runaway train' at Michigan hospital system


Michigan’s largest hospital system is turning to tents to handle the flow of people seeking emergency care as it deals with a crush of COVID-19 patients in suburban Detroit.

Beaumont Health said it had more than 800 patients being treated for COVID-19 on Thursday, up from about 500 two weeks ago and just 128 at the end of February.

Dr. Nick Gilpin likened it to a “runaway train.”

Beaumont officials said tents have been set up at some hospitals to evaluate people who show up for emergency care. The crush isn’t limited to Beaumont: COVID-19 patients statewide are near record highs. Four hospitals this week reported they were at 100% capacity.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has refused to order new restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, relying instead on vaccinations and expanded drug regimens, and urging people to wear masks, keep a safe distance and follow rules on large gatherings.

“Our COVID-19 numbers are climbing higher and faster and it’s very troubling and alarming to see this. … We cannot do this alone. We need everyone’s help immediately,” said John Fox, Beaumont chief executive.



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