LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The federal government will send 44 military medical personnel to Michigan to help the state’s beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients.
It also will open beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought the assistance.
The two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and care for patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
As of Monday, nearly 4,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases.
More than a third of new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. are from Midwestern states, with Michigan reporting more cases per capita than any other state and Minnesota not far behind.
Daily COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Michigan since the summer.
An average of 110 new cases were reported each day the week of June 28. Now, the state's seven-day average for new daily cases is above 7,000.
Hospitalizations are increasing, as well. More than 3,700 are fighting the coronavirus in Michigan hospitals this week, which is the most since April.