Lansing, Michigan (AFP) – State health officials said Wednesday that the federal government will send 44 military medical personnel to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge, the worst in the country.
It will also open beds at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Detroit for referrals.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked for help.
The state health department said teams of 22 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and will provide patient care for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
As of Monday, nearly 4,000 people have been hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus. The number of adults with confirmed infections of 3,700 is more than 90% from its peak since April – a number that has risen by more than 78% in one month.
“Currently, our doctors and nurses have reported that the vast majority of their patients have not received the vaccination or have yet to receive a booster dose,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We can all do our part to help reduce stress on our hospital systems by getting vaccinated, scheduling a booster dose, and continuing to take precautions to keep us and our loved ones safe.”