Health System Urges Gov. Whitmer To Act As Hospitals Reach Capacity

WWJ News
March 26, 2020 - 8:09 am

TROY (WWJ) - A large area medical system is urging the governor to use her powers to help coordinate supplies and response between hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Beaumont Health CEO John Fox made the push after his hospital system noted it is reaching capacity, while the Henry Ford Health System said it is at capacity. 

Between Beaumont and Henry Ford, the hospital systems are caring for more than 1,000 coronavirus patients at 13 hospitals. Operating rooms are being converted into intensive care units throughout both systems, and clinics have been turned into rooms for patients needing other medical care.

Fox says the governor has the power to coordinate distribution of resources and response. That way people can be sent from packed hospitals to those with open beds. 

Health system administrators say they are also working on plans to use alternative venues like Oakland University's dorms, the TCF Center or the Detroit Pistons practice facility to treat people if needed.

Michigan has roughly 25,000 hospital beds. But, as of earlier this month, about 18,000 were already in use. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the state has 2,295 cases of COVID-19, with a total of 43 deaths now confirmed. Eighty-five percent of all cases are reported in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The next update is expected around 2 p.m. Thursday.

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