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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan hit seven-month high

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan hit a seven-month high Monday with more than 3,000 people sick with the virus and a surge in cases with 21,034 cases and 95 deaths from the virus in the past three days.

In the past seven days, only one state reported more cases than Michigan based on the latest state data. Michigan ranks eighth for the highest number of positive cases by population nationally.

The state also reached its goal of getting 70% of residents 16 and older with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, two months later than initially expected.

Michigan hospital admissions rose nearly 20% over two weeks. If things continue like this, Michigan could have 4,000 hospitalized patients within the next two weeks, data shows.

Registered nurse Lauren Wallace assists a COVID-19 patient at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn on Nov. 9, 2021. The hospital was 83% occupied Monday, but nine other Michigan hospitals were at 100%.

As of Monday, 3,040 adults and 41 children have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a further 159 people have been hospitalized with suspected cases, according to state data. At least 698 adults are in the ICU and 381 are on a ventilator.

The state’s record for most adult hospitalizations with confirmed cases of the virus came on April 19 with 4,158 patients admitted.

John Karasinski, a spokesperson for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, said the growth is worrying as hospitals experience a 40% increase in the number of patients in daily emergency rooms since October 2020. Total hospital bed occupancy in Michigan is 10% higher than what Michigan experienced in the wave of decline when the state peaked on Dec. 1, 2020, with 4,283 COVID-19 hospitalizations, he said.

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