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    Intensive care space labeled ‘extremely tight’ in Northern Michigan


    Intensive care bed availability and emergency medical services coverage are “extremely tight” in Northern Michigan, according to an advisory issued Friday evening by a district health department in the Upper Peninsula.

    The notice came as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been increasing in the state for more than a month amid concerns among health officials of a fourth wave of the virus hitting the state.

    “We have been advised by the Region 8 Healthcare Coalition in the U.P. and Region 7 in Northern Lower Michigan that ICU bed availability is extremely tight along with EMS coverage,” said the advisory from the LMAS District Health Department, which serves residents of Luce, Mackinac, Alger and Schoolcraft counties

    “Hospitalizations across the region have gone up steadily over the past week,” the advisory said. “Emergency department COVID visits are also trending up across the area.”

    On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,958 new infections statewide over a two-day period and 69 new deaths linked to the virus. Over the last seven days, the state has reported 12,104 new COVID-19 cases, up 16% from the total over the previous seven-day period.

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