FLINT, Mich (WJRT) - Genesee County is continuing to see a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases with a seven-day average positivity rate of nearly 17%.
That high level of transmission is putting more strain on Mid-Michigan hospitals like at Hurley Medical Center in Flint where they say they're at full capacity.
If you have to go to Hurley, just know that they have their hands completely full, so expect to be waiting around much longer and even postponing surgeries and procedures.
"We've got folks that have a prolonged stay in our Emergency Department while they're just waiting for a bed to be admitted in the hospital," Laura Jasso said.
Jasso is the Administrator of Marketing and Public Relations for Hurley Medical Center. According to the state's website, Hurley Medical Center has 55 COVID patients with 21 in the ICU, and given the amount of staff they have available, their beds are completely full.
"We're running at that 100% capacity due largely to COVID patients. The folks that we are seeing that do require medical attention are on the majority unvaccinated individuals," Jasso said.
Hurley is also the region's only Level 1 Trauma, so they're also getting all major medical emergencies like people involved in a serious car accident or people suffering a heart attack or a stroke. In other cases, however, people should be thinking about seeing their primary care doctor or urgent care.
"If they're experiencing symptoms of the flu or perhaps there's COVID symptoms, and they wish to be tested, and that would avoid those extended long wait times in any emergency department around our area," Jasso said.
Now, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, they're asking the public for help.
"We're just hoping that people gather and that they're smart about it, and this isn't just to reduce the foot traffic in the hospital. It's to keep your loved ones safe," Jasso said.
With flu season now, Hurley is worried that this current surge is only going to get worse, so their big message to the community: get vaccinated, wear a mask, and wash your hands.
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