How hospitals around Michigan are helping fight COVID-19 in metro Detroit

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:35:27-04

(WXYZ) — A top hospital executive is speaking out now about providing vital services amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is weighing in on what more is being done to help in the crisis.

“Right now medical professionals across the state have no choice but to reuse face masks," Whitmer said Thursday. "This increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 during a time when we should be doing everything we can to mitigate it.”

Whitmer said that ICUs are full and ERs are overloaded, and that people need to come together and coordinate healthcare resources.

A balancing plan is now in effect, using help from outside of southeast Michigan.

“Hospitals outside southeast Michigan are being asked to serve as relief hospitals, offering 10% of their usual bed capacity to accept patients from other hospitals that are currently overwhelmed with critically ill patients," Beaumont CEO John Fox said. "We already have hospitals who are stepping up to be a relief hospital and are starting this process.

“We’re cohorting all our COVID-19 positive patients on special units where the virus can be contained, and managed and we can be effective with those patients," he added.

There's also work being done by the state to identify alternative sites – some near hospitals, and increase the ability to test. So far, 9,100 samples have been taken as local leaders step up to offer more.

Hospitals across the area are also asking for donations of masks, gloves and other items.

Whitmer said that while the state is making unprecedented progress finding solutions, in some cases multiple states are bidding competitively against one another, which shouldn't be the case in a crisis.

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