The 40-49 age bracket is seeing a similar rise, with 58 being admitted daily compared to 33 during the autumn surge. For those 60 and older, hospitalizations have declined sharply as vaccinations have risen.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 35.2% of Michigan adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 21.5% have been fully vaccinated.
Health workers were ‘thrown a curveball’
Dr. Lynda Misra, medical director of the Covid unit at Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak facility, said the rise in cases has been sharp and they are unsure where they are in this current surge. Whatever it brings, she said, she and her staff will meet the challenge — but the virus has proved resilient and tricky to fight.
“Each surge has brought different challenges,” she said. “We felt very strong that we had this disease under attack, but then we get thrown a curveball.”
The weight and strain of the ongoing pandemic is evident when speaking to health care workers.
Lindsay Muenchen, a registered nurse in the Covid unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, said she had thought the worst was behind them. “The day I came in and saw that our unit was full of Covid patients again, it was really difficult,” she said. “I had tears in my eyes.”