9 Michigan healthcare execs warn of ‘capacity crisis’ as COVID-19 cases rise

Kelly Gooch –
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

9 administrators representing 14 medical facilities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are urging state citizens to do their part in the battle versus COVID-19.

The hospital administrators, including CEOs, stated the decision to continue safety measures is driven by data and assistance from health care experts. The procedures keep healthcare facilities and health care facilities safe for clients to get routine and emergency care and are intended to avoid a catastrophic rise in healthcare facility admissions and COVID-19 deaths, they stated. The administrators urged state homeowners to follow these safety measures, consisting of mask-wearing, social distancing and avoiding crowds, while in public.

” In current weeks, we have actually seen COVID-19 cases trending upwards in the Upper Peninsula, with 9 of our 15 counties categorized as having the greatest threat level for the spread of COVID-19,” begins a letter from medical facility administrators, released Nov. 2 and shown Beckers. “In addition, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Upper Peninsula have actually risen by almost 200 percent in the past 4 weeks and are the highest the area has seen since the pandemic began.”.

In the middle of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, regional and local health care systems are “at threat of a capability crisis,” and health care workers will suffer additional stress and exposure danger if the trend continues, the letter states.

Despite state law, executive orders, or local public health directives, Upper Peninsula healthcare facilities and health systems agree in their policies and interventions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the letter states. This consists of requiring personnel, visitors and clients to follow public safety procedures such as mask-wearing, screenings upon entry to healthcare centers, and restriction of visitors, the healthcare facility administrators stated.

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The medical facility administrators, including CEOs, said the choice to continue precaution is driven by data and guidance from healthcare specialists. The steps keep hospitals and health care centers safe for clients to get routine and emergency situation care and are meant to avoid a catastrophic surge in health center admissions and COVID-19 deaths, they stated. The administrators urged state locals to follow these preventative measures, including mask-wearing, social distancing and preventing crowds, while in public.