(WXYZ) — Health leaders across the state are sounding the alarm.
Beaumont Health says now is not the time to be wary, calling metro Detroit a COVID-19 “hot spot.”
Beaumont Health told 7 Action News that in the past 48 hours, COVID-19 hospital admissions have risen.
“In general, about 65 to 70 percent of all COVID-19 patients in the hospital are unvaccinated,” says Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at Beaumont Health.
He says this will increase hospitalization rates as metro Detroit enters the city fourth COVID-19 wave.
“We have about 397 nearly 400 COVID patients in our hospitals,” said Dr. Gilpin.
He says cooler weather contributes to the increase. He also believes that the nationwide message that COVID-19 is declining is causing people to be wary.
Gilpin says across the country that may be true, but that’s not the case in the Midwest.
“We see relaxed behavior when it comes to masking and distancing. We see that more and more large gatherings are taking place. We know these are conditions that will allow for more transmission,” he explained.
Henry Ford Health System sees similar trends. They say they currently have 243 hospitalizations, compared to 172 last month.
“Our positivity rate is 16.8%, up from 14% a month ago. Like other hospitals, we are dealing with higher volumes and longer waiting times in our emergency rooms,” said a health system spokesperson.
On the west side of the state, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids sees record numbers in all of its hospitals.
“Just like at Beaumont, we are at full capacity. We’ve never been so busy with inpatient COVID and non-COVID care. Our hospital count hit an all-time high this week and our numbers continue to climb,” said Dr Joshua Kooistra, medical director at Spectrum.
He says their COVID-19 numbers were at 270 on Tuesday. The number stands at 303 as of Thursday.
Kooita says they have already had to expand to different parts of the hospital where they normally don’t provide care.
“We have room to expand further, but if this pandemic continues in the direction we’ve been going in the past month, we’ll be out of beds,” he said.
All hospital systems say they have longer wait times, but if you experience a serious medical condition, such as chest pain or a stroke, go to the nearest emergency room for care.
“We continue to encourage people to get their COVID and flu shots. If you qualify for a COVID booster, get your booster shot. We also endorse the wearing of masks in public buildings, including for school-age children,” said a spokesman for Henry Ford.
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