Michigan hospital executives are begging the public to do their part amid rising hospital admissions

The chief physician overseeing local hospitals in Michigan urged the public to do its part to stop the rise of coronavirus infections amid nearly record high hospital admissions and staff shortages in the state.

In a statement posted to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s website Monday, chief medical representatives stated that medical facilities have been flooded with COVID-19 patients.

As of Nov. 21, the statement said, Michigan has seen 3,785 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 784 in intensive care units at municipal hospitals. The majority of the inmates are unvaccinated, the doctor said.

“In addition to this high number of COVID-19 patients requiring emergency care and hospitalization, we see a large number of patients with other medical conditions requiring care,” the statement said.

Between the COVID-19 infections and other, non-coronavirus-related disorders, officials warn hospitals have capacity.

“We can no longer wait for Michigan to set the course; we need your help now to stop this increase and ensure that our hospitals can take care of everyone who needs it.”

News from Wolverine State comes amid a rise in coronavirus infections across the country as breakthrough infections continue and a significant portion of Americans remain unvaccinated.

The Midwest, parts of the Northeast and other areas of the United States have all seen increases in cases, according to a heat map from The New York Times.

The doctors stressed in their Monday announcement that in addition to hospitals operating at maximum capacity, emergency medical services were also pushed to their limit.

“There may be times when the capacity of the system is not sufficient to accommodate the usual response and transport speed, especially for off-site transfers,” officers said.

Officials said Michigan residents can do their part to alleviate this growing strain on the state’s medical system by getting vaccinated or, if they have already been vaccinated, by getting a booster shot.

They also recommended social distancing and limiting exposure to others.

Michigan has had a history full of coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer Hospital directors in Michigan are begging the public to do their part despite rising hospitalizations. The bite should protect Great Lakes from threat of oil spills Michigan City becomes the first in the United States to mandate free tampons in public restrooms MORE (D) imposed restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic and received a major setback from critics and Republicans in the state legislature.

Dissatisfaction with the measures escalated when armed protesters gathered at the state Capitol in Lansing in 2020 to protest Whitmer’s order to stay home.

At a news conference Monday, Whitmer made his own appeal to unvaccinated Michigan residents to get COVID-19 shots before the holiday.

“Use the opportunity to tell your loved ones how much you love them and how much you want to spend Christmas with them,” she told The Detroit News. “It’s time to get vaccinated.”

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