Michigan under "unmanageable strain" due to flood of COVID patients

For now, Michigan appears to be experiencing the worst of it, with Minnesota following closely behind. The current surge is affecting “virtually every part of Michigan, both urban and rural,” said Brian Peters, chief executive officer of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, which represents all of the state’s community hospitals.

In the two weeks between Nov. 8 and Nov. 22, cases in Michigan increased 86% and hospitalizations 37%, according to tracking by The Washington Post. The state on Monday reported 3,775 covid inpatients – more than anywhere else in the country.

Peters said current trends indicated the state could hit its peak of 4,640 hospitalizations, set in April 2020.

“Just doing the math, we are going to reach an all-time record high in hospitalizations in the not-too-distant future if this current surge does not reverse course,” he said. “And we’re not seeing anything that would tell us it’s going to reverse course any time soon.”