(CBS DETROIT) – In Michigan, more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus and the rate is doubling every two weeks according to hospital leaders who are calling it “very serious” and an “accelerating trend.”
The governor asked Michiganders to do their part in flattening the curve to not overwhelm hospitals, keep people safe and save lives.READ MORE: Beaumont Health, Spectrum Health Plan To Merge, Operate 22 Hospitals
“Sadly Covid-19 is not done with us yet. It doesn’t care if we are tired of it or are angry or weary. This enemy is relentless and now the second wave of Covid-19 is hitting us and it’s hitting us hard,” said Whitmer.
Whitmer said Michigan is now in the “worst part” of the pandemic and this is the moment medical experts have been warning us about.
According to the governor, hospitals are nearing capacity and they are “burning through PPE.”
- There are 200,000+ cases of Covid-19 in Michigan
- There are 100,000+ new cases every day in the U.S.
- There are 1,000+ deaths each day in the U.S.
“We’re facing a 9/11 every three days. No one is safe from this virus,” said Whitmer, who added that youth, fame and wealth will not protect people from Covid-19.
Here’s what Whitmer said Michiganders needs to do all of these to stay safe:
- Wear a mask.
- Practice safe physical distancing.
- Wash hand frequently.
- Get a flu shot.
“Just because you’re allowed to do something, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean it is a smart thing to do,” said Whitmer.
Here are more updates from the governor:
- Covid-19 hospitalization are up 5-fold over the course of the last five weeks in their hospitals.
- The number of covid patients in hospitals across Michigan is expected to double in just two weeks to a new all-time high.
- The governor said when healthcare leaders from every corner of the state join to publicly make a plea for decisive action, everyone should listen.
- Right now rural Michigan is getting hit the hardest and is spreading rapidly everywhere.
- Medical experts across the country have strongly recommended families do not host thanksgiving with people from outside of their households.
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- Attending many small gatherings with people you know.
- Not quarantining for two weeks once exposed.
- Getting tested too soon after exposure.
- Assuming friends and family are as careful as you are.
- Assuming that because something is allowed it must be safe.
- Assuming that taking just one precaution will keep you safe.
Here are updates from Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health.
Khaldun says the virus is “out of control” and urged people not to travel for the holidays.
Michigan’s overall case rate is at 416 cases per million people per day. During the Nov. 5 press conference, Michigan’s overall case rate was 261 cases per million people per day. The state’s positivity rate is now at 10.8 percent. Back in September, the state’s positivity rate was 3.7 percent.
“There’s no area of the state that is spared,” said Khaldun.
- UP, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Saginaw Regions: have case rates between 497 and 653 cases per million people per day.
- Jackson, Detroit and Lansing Regions: have case rates in the 300s per million people per day.
- Traverse City Region: has the lowest case rate at 278 per million people per day.
“To be clear, this is very concerning, because unlike in the spring, when only those who were very ill could obtain a test, now anyone who wants a test can get a test,” said Khaldun.
There have been over 45,000 diagnostic tests per day, which is the fifth-largest total number of tests for any state in the country.
On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 6,940 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 45 deaths. This brought the state’s total of Covid-19 cases to 236,225 and 7,811 deaths.
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