Michigan’s COVID-19 admissions follow an increase in new cases in recent weeks, leading to all other states in the number of utilized hospital and ICU beds for coronavirus patients.
Across the state, 11.9% of hospital admissions are used to treat COVID-19 patients. It is a 203% increase since February 28 and marks the No. 1 in the nation.
As of Wednesday, April 7, Michigan hospitals treated 3,595 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-1
In fact, the recent week-over-week increase is the largest of its kind since the initial spring high of 2020.
Asked on Wednesday what it will take to tighten the restrictions again across the state, government Gretchen Whitmer said her administration is keeping an eye on the number of hospitals.
“You know, we talk to our hospitals every single day just to check in, see what the prices are, see if they get worried,” Whitmer said. “At this point … we have admissions that have increased, but they do not look like what we saw last spring when we were so worried that our healthcare system was going to collapse.
“They’re not even what we saw in the fall.”
The governor is right – the current number of 3,595 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds is still less than the peak of the 3,941 patient for the fall, or the peak of the 4,365 patient for the first wave in April last year.
However, recent estimates from Michigan Medicine expect the state to set a new record for admissions as early as Monday, April 12th. The health system’s latest model, presented by MDHHS during a virtual media call on Wednesday, projects 4,522 hospitalized Michiganders by next week.
Another projection estimates that the state’s COVID-19 patients in ICU beds may climb from 488 a week ago and 668 Wednesday to 888 by Monday. It would surpass the fall peak (814), but would not come close to touching the April 2020 peak of more than 1,600.
MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel said hospitals are beginning to look at implementing their surge plans again.
“We know our hospitals are well equipped to deal with these surges, we have unfortunately seen them do it several times and we will remain here ready to support them in what they need,” Hertel said. “As we move into the spring, we continue to work to ensure that people use the mitigation measures, continue to mask, continue to social distance, continue to avoid gatherings and really focus on how we can ensure that we keep the children secure in school. These are the steps we continue to take. ”
Related: Michigan coronavirus data for Wednesday, April 7: Hospitalizations increased by 1,000 plus last week
Hospital admissions have increased for all age groups, led by 50- to 59-year-old residents since 28 February. Over the past week, however, 40-49-year-olds represent the largest increase in daily admissions.
Below is a look at the daily average hospital admissions for each age group and the percentage change over the past week:
- Pediatrics – 8.7 admissions per day, an increase of 165%.
- 18-19 – 2.1 pr. Day, at 0%.
- 20-29 – 2.1 pr. Today, an increase of 38%.
- 30-39 – 42.6 pr. Today, an increase of 41%.
- 40-49 – 62 per day, at 60%.
- 50-59 – 97.9 pr. Today, an increase of 48%.
- 60-69 – 90.3 pr. Day, at 45%.
- 70-79 – 63.7 pr. Today, an increase of 23%.
- 80+ – 48 a day, an increase of 38%.
Compared hospital admissions for COVID-18 during the current wave (March 4 to April 3) with the fall wave (October 18 to November 17), age groups 0 to 59 have reported more admissions this time. Residents 60-69 have approximately the same admissions per day, while the age groups 70 to 79 and 80 to 89 years have experienced a decrease in hospital admissions.
Health officials say vaccination rates, which are higher among priority senior groups, have likely contributed to the reduced enrollment for the 65+ population. The three vaccines available in the United States have all been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of severe COVID-19 and thus hospitalization.
All Michigan regions report increases in admissions. The regions of Detroit and Traverse City have reported increases over five weeks, while the Kalamazoo region has reported increases over four weeks, the Jackson region over three weeks and the Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing and Upper Peninsula regions over two weeks.
In addition, daily case rates and test positivity rates have also been rising in all eight regions and across the country.
The Detroit regions have the worst hospitalization rates, reporting more than $ 400 per month. One million inhabitants. Looking at the latest adjustments from week to week, the Grand Rapids region has seen the largest increase (101%) followed by the Upper Peninsula region (80%).
All eight regions had hospitalization increases of at least 19%. Only the upper peninsula region is under 160 admissions per. One million inhabitants.
Michigan added 8,015 new cases and a further 30 deaths on Wednesday as the seven-day average rose to 6,174 cases and 34 deaths a day.
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