Mid-Michigan hospitals filling with COVID-19 patients

Covenant HealthCare reached 100% capacity, based on state statistics
Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, MI sees rise in COVID-19 patients.
Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, MI sees rise in COVID-19 patients.(Colton Cichoracki WJRT)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:22 PM EST
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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - Mid-Michigan hospitals are getting overwhelmed by a rise in COVID-19 patients. 

Many are nearing capacity and at least one is already there.

In a review of state data as of Monday, several hospitals were reporting reaching more than 80% bed capacity:

  • McLaren-Flint Hospital is 88% full.
  • McLaren Bay Region is 90% full.
  • Ascension Genesys Hospital is 90% full.
  • Hurley Medical Center in Flint is 93% full.
  • Covenant HealthCare is at 100% capacity.

Covenant said its capacity relates to staffing levels more than finding physical space for patient beds.

“Like other hospitals across the state, staffing is the biggest challenge when it comes to capacity,” Covenant said in a statement to ABC12. “Our space can be reconfigured to support different types of patients, but when it comes to staff with specialized skill sets, we have a finite amount. We are taking a variety of actions aimed at providing support to the frontline workers within the hospital.”

Dr. Wendy Ringo, a public health consultant, said people should follow the core tenets when it comes to protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus.

“Remaining 6 feet apart, wearing our mask, possibly wearing a face shield,” she said.

Ringo suggests people sanitize their hands and personal spaces often. She also advocates for people to consider an alternative gathering for the holidays to avoid exposing friends or relatives to COVID-19.

“Let’s email, let’s text, let’s jump on a Zoom call so we can remain connected,” Ringo said.

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