Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

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Hospital leaders warned Thursday that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to top the spring peak of about 4,000 by late this month.

“It’s an accelerating trend. It’s very serious,” said John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health, the state’s largest system. Inpatients with COVID-19 have tripled in less than a month at Beaumont’s eight Detroit-area hospitals, he said.

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Michigan on Saturday reported more than 3,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus — the highest yet during the pandemic — amid what a top health official called “alarming increases” in infections around the state.

The 3,338 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services surpassed the state’s previous single-day record of 2,030 new cases set on Oct. 15. That earlier record had topped the previous record of 1,953 from early April.

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Michigan’s chief health officer warned Tuesday that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week, the health department said.

About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%. It was under 3% in June.

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Michigan's chief medical officer has testified against a barber who has refused to keep his shop closed in compliance with the state's coronavirus restrictions. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said during a hearing Wednesday that Karl Manke's shop in Owosso is an "imminent threat" to public health. Manke is challenging the suspension of his business and barber's licenses. The governor ordered barbershops and salons to close weeks ago because she says they pose too great a risk of spreading the virus. Manke reopened on May 4 in defiance of the restrictions, saying he needed to make money.

Michigan facing medical supply shortage

Mar 30, 2020
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Michigan is now the state with the third most cases of COVID-19—behind New York and New Jersey. The states’ top doctor says Michigan is weeks away from peak infection rates, and the state is already facing severe shortages of equipment and health workers.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan received 112,000 N95 masks from the national stockpile over the weekend, but it’s nowhere near enough.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, says Michigan is several weeks away from the highest number of cases and will need thousands more ventilators.