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Major Northern Michigan health system turns ‘red’ to care for COVID-19 patients

(AP) – A major healthcare provider in northern Michigan said it is emphasizing COVID-19 care and cutting other services after a spike in the region.

Munson Healthcare, based in Traverse City, said it has moved its pandemic response to a “red” stage in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.

“It’s the first time in Munson Healthcare’s history that we’ve made that decision,” medical director Christine Nefcy said Tuesday. “Of course, this is also the first pandemic that we’ve all faced in 100 years.”

Munson had a test positivity of 22 percent on Sunday. About 100 people with COVID-19 were in Munson’s hospitals, including 56 in Traverse City, the Record-Eagle reported.

At least 24 people have died since Oct. 26, Nefcy said.

The Leland School District, 25 miles north of Traverse City, said schools would be closed Friday. It encouraged staff and students to get vaccinated.

Chief Inspector Stephanie Long said the sudden decision to close before the weekend was necessary “given the recent surge in positive cases impacting our school and the local community.”