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.
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.
“The sharp rise in hospitalizations from COVID-19 continues to put pressure on an already tense healthcare system,” Karasinski said. “The Grand Rapids region has now surpassed their spring peak, while hospitalizations in the Traverse City region are at an all-time high. This dramatic rise in the number of cases and resulting hospital admissions is a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated and having a booster dose, as eligible, as growth is largely driven by unvaccinated patients.”
About 11.6% of hospital beds are filled with COVID-19 patients, up from 10.5% the week before. There are an average of 2,141 emergency room visits each day related to COVID-19 in the state.
On Monday, nine hospitals were full of bed occupancy, an increase from the eight hospitals a week earlier. Those hospitals include Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot, Munising Memorial Hospital, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, Sparrow Eaton in Charlotte, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital.
Hospitals need the public’s help and encourage residents to get themselves, their children and others vaccinated not only against COVID-19, but also against the flu, Karasinski said.
The public should expect longer wait times at the emergency room due to high patient numbers and staff shortages, he said, encouraging positive test subjects to consider monoclonal antibody treatments, “statistically proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization.”
The majority of patients hospitalized due to the virus have not been vaccinated, the state’s health department said.
The hospitalization trend came as the latest figures from the Department of Health and Human Services pushed the total totals to 1,209,712 confirmed cases and 22,862 deaths since the virus was first discovered in the state in March 2020.
The state averaged 7,011 cases per day over the three days. Of the last reported deaths, 27 were identified during a vitals assessment, state health officials noted.
According to a University of Washington projection, things are not expected to slow down for six weeks or more.
Last week, the state added 31,072 cases and 293 deaths from the virus, up from the week before when the state added 29,171 cases and 292 deaths from the virus. In the last week of September, the state added 23,801 cases and 244 deaths.
The weekly record of 50,892 cases was set on November 15-21, 2020. The second highest weekly total was 47,316 November 22-28, 2020.
On November 15, 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took her administration’s “pause to save lives,” which imposed extensive restrictions on gatherings in high schools, colleges and restaurants to battle what she described as the “worst moment” yet in the COVID-19 crisis. -19 pandemic. Those restrictions were lifted in June.
Michigan remains at a high transmission rate and the percentage of tests that come back positive is up from last week.
According to Tuesday’s data, statewide positivity rose from 11.6% the week before to 14.1%.
However, the state did significantly more tests last year than it does now.
Last week, the state reported about 280,000 confirmatory tests. In the week of November 15-21, 2020, the state reported 473,000 tests.
Cases rose faster last year, sparking a surge; however, this year has followed a slow increase over time, state data shows.
The number of children getting sick with COVID-19 in the state is also increasing. in Michigan; more than 50% of hospitalized children have no reported underlying conditions.
Outbreaks have steadily increased in Michigan in recent weeks.
But the number of new COVID-19 outbreaks at Michigan K-12 schools fell to 87 clusters, down from last week’s numbers, representing 521 new cases statewide, health data from the United States showed Monday. stands.
The largest outbreak occurred at Baraga High School in the Upper Peninsula with 37 cases involving students and staff. Two mid-Michigan schools in Elsie had major outbreaks – Knight Elementary had 23 student and staff cases, and Ovid Elsie Middle School had 20 student and staff cases.
Kent County had the most schools, 11, with outbreaks, while Clinton County had six.
Last week, the state reported 104 schools with new outbreaks and 666 new cases in K-12 schools. No new outbreaks were reported at colleges or universities.
Staff writer Jennifer Chambers contributed.