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Henry Ford Health System warns of increase in COVID-19 cases over next few weeks

Henry Ford Health System
Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 13:03:02-05

(WXYZ) — Henry Ford Health System's modeling indicates an increase in COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks in the state of Michigan.

In a virtual press call on Thursday, the health system said it is very concerned about having enough staff if the state continues to see a surge in COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Adnan Munkarah said there is a surge across the state currently that is different than what we saw in the spring - the surge is not just isolated to specific regions.

Henry Ford Hospitals are seeing more positive testing rates – 12% percent positive among 2,000 tests.

However, there have only been 12 flu cases statewide so far. Doctors are attributing this to COVID-19 mitigation measures that can also help prevent the flu.

Henry Ford says they have enough of their PPE inventory to help for the next 100 days, along with face shields and other needed supplies.

Henry Ford hospitals are working to continue taking care of non-COVID cases at the same time as COVID patients. However, they are reviewing their visitor policies.

The health system is recommending celebrating holidays virtually this year due to the surge in cases.