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    Michigan hits new record for adult COVID-19 hospitalizations. Here’s the impact

    Michigan reached a new record of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday with 4,181 hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus, the most since the pandemic began.

    In the state, more than 80% of total hospital inpatient beds and 84% of intensive care unit beds are full, according to the state health department. Hospitalizations have been increasing for 19 weeks, and Michigan continues to have the most cases and highest inpatient bed use in the country. 

    The Monday tally breaks the previous record of 4,158 adults hospitalized on April 19.

    Last week, 18.7% of Michigan’s COVID-19 tests were positive, the highest percentage since the early weeks of the pandemic, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

    Nine hospitals are 100% full, according to the latest state data. They include Detroit Receiving Hospital, Ascension Standish, Bronson South Haven, MidMichigan Medical Center in Alma, ProMedica Coldwater, Promedica Monroe, Spectrum Health in Hastings, and St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor and Livingston. Another 22 hospitals are above 90% full.

    The rising number of hospitalizations in Michigan is putting Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System’s occupancy at 98% full and intensive care units are 95% full across all its hospitals, Dr. Dennis Cunningham, the system’s director of infection control and prevention, told The Detroit News Monday. 

    “We’re in high capacity right now. The patients who come into the hospital with COVID are almost always not vaccinated,” Cunningham said. “There are a small number of people who are vaccinated and come in the hospital, but they have immune systems that don’t work really well either because they’re the elderly or underlying medical problems like cancer or an organ transplant.”

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