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Henry Ford Health System hospitals discharged 1,116 COVID-19 patients in last 30 days

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:51:39-04

(WXYZ) — Henry Ford Health System has released 1,116 COVID-19 patients in the last 30 days, the company announced in its daily report Sunday.

Data collected by Henry Ford Health reports that 7,066 patients have tested negative for the virus, while 4,486 have tested positive.

There are currently 642 patients admitted to Henry Ford Health System hospitals across southeast Michigan.

The hospital system also outlined new face mask guidelines, saying that for those who aren't caring for COVID-19 patients, they've advised to wear homemade cloth masks while in public. The masks may not prevent healthy people from becoming sick with the virus, but it could help prevent people who are already sick from infecting others.

“One reason why COVID-19 might be so contagious is because you can remain asymptomatic while infected with the virus, and all the while spreading it to others,” says Jennifer Burgess, D.O., a Henry Ford family medicine doctor. “If everyone wears a cloth mask, the thought is that whether or not you’re knowingly infected, transmission will be decreased.”

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