Breitbart News reports that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose draconian pandemic lockdowns nearly destroyed the state’s economy, faces a statewide hospital crowding crisis, with roughly 85 percent of both Michigan’s inpatient and intensive care unit (ICU) hospital beds occupied.
The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, released on Sunday, reveals that Whitmer’s state has the second-highest COVID-19 case rate in the country (behind Minnesota) over the previous seven-day period, at 388.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Of the states 22,745 inpatient hospital beds, 19,233 were occupied, accounting for 84.5 percent of Michigan’s total inpatient beds. Only 3,512 inpatient hospital beds were available statewide. Moreover, 2,651 of Michigan’s 3,114 ICU beds were occupied, accounting for 85.1 percent of intensive care beds statewide.
“We’ll get phone calls saying we’re the 15th hospital they’ve called, and can we please help? And very often right now, the answer is no,” explained Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, president of western Michigan’s most extensive hospital system. “Because we have to take care of those people in front of us before we can take care of people that are coming from a distance. And that’s really heartbreaking, and it’s hard.”
He added, “You could be at a hospital in the U.P. and not have someone to accept you at a bigger, more capable health system right now because of this… You can get in a car accident, you can have a heart attack, and you don’t get the care that you otherwise would have at the right time. Things can be delayed or changed as a result of this. Every health system, every hospital, every doctor across the state is trying to do their best for everybody. But it’s hard to do that when you’re stretched in capacity.”