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COVID-19 numbers skyrocket in Michigan, while health officials plead with the unvaccinated to get the shot

A ventilator can help patients unable to breathe on their own, but the experience of COVID-19 patients has been sobering for doctors.
A ventilator can help patients unable to breathe on their own, but the experience of COVID-19 patients has been sobering for doctors.

State averaging nearly 5700 new cases per day according to the MDHHS.

As Michigan leads the nation in new cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks, health officials Monday said there has been over 17,000 since Friday alone.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the state averaged nearly 5700 new COVID-19 cases per day.

In addition, the MDHHS Monday confirmed another 83 people have died due to complications from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of lives lost in the state of Michigan since the pandemic began to 23,315.

In West Michigan, Kent Ottawa and Muskegon Counties are all dealing with hospitals that are at full capacity, as health officials say an average of 25% of all patients are there because of COVID-19, and nearly all of them are unvaccinated according to both the Muskegon and Ottawa County Departments of Public Health. And health officials say, the overcrowded hospitals are creating long wait times in the emergency room for people who are there for other health concerns.

Derel Glashower is the Senior Epidemiologist. He says, health officials are pleading with the unvaccinated across West Michigan to have a change of heart, and get the shot.

“That is one of the best ways to protect themselves, and to honestly help curb the congestion we see in our health care sector,” Glashower said.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there have now been 1,259,261 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 23,315 total deaths in Michigan.

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