Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for cases of the new coronavirus, will worsen and “will have a worse week next week.” This comes as Detroit’s own police chief, James Craig along with 39 of his officers have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Confirmed cases: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan now stands at 4,650 as of March 28th. This is a one day increase of 993 cases. The metro Detroit area accounts for 83% of the more than 3600 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Detroit’s city’s health department just released a heat map showing hotspots in the city where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
Deaths: There have been 111 fatalities, up 19 from the previous day March 27th. The age range of the deceased is 36 to 92 years old, with a median age of 70.
Michigan has been declared a major disaster: President Trump ordered federal assistance to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus.
Schools: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated it’s “very unlikely” students will return to school, but that she had “not made that call yet.”. Currently, Michaigan schools are in the middle of a 4 week long closure.
Hospitals: Michigan began implementing a plan in which hospitals outside the Detroit area are requested to act as backup hospitals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The hospitals will offer 10% of their bed capacity to accept patients from overwhelmed hospitals. This as a leaked letter circulating on social media outlining which patients would be prioritized if Henry Ford Health System runs out of ventilators or Intensive Care Unit beds.
On 03/26/2020 Henry Ford Health System released this statement which stated these guidelines were a preparation for a worse case scenario:
“With a pandemic of this nature, health systems must be prepared for a worst case scenario. Gathering the collective wisdom from across our industry, we carefully crafted our policy to provide critical guidance to healthcare workers for making difficult patient care decisions during an unprecedented emergency. These guidelines are deeply patient focused, intended to be honoring to patients and families. We were pleased to share our policy with our colleagues across Michigan to help others develop similar, compassionate approaches. It is our hope we never have to apply them and we will always do everything we can to care for our patients, utilizing every resource we have to make that happen.”