Muskegon-Muskegon County, Mississippi, is in the “Strait of Despair.” In less than a week, the number of coronavirus deaths soared by 22, and all residents of the three nursing homes tested positive for COVID-19. And called on the National Guard to help hospitalize.
According to Kathy Moore, the director of the Muskegon County Health Department, he said people are getting sick from a rapidly spreading virus that seems to be more “aggressive.”
Moore told MLive on Thursday, November 12, that due to staff shortages and possible supply shortages, testing for COVID-19 may have to be restricted.
This is a grim report from a county health director. The county’s test positive rate is the highest in the state, approaching 20% in the past seven days.
Moore said: “We are indeed in trouble now.” “Think about Thanksgiving and the coming of Christmas and New Year. We may be in a terrible situation.”
She said that residents only need to socialize with members of their families. She said that contact tracing found positive cases of “social butterflies” attending parties, going to movies and churches, and eating with people who don’t live.
She said: “I really think we absolutely must work together.” “Otherwise, we will dig a bigger hole.”
As of Wednesday, November 11, the county had reported 3955 COVID-19 cases, of which 2299 were considered “active” cases. Since November 5, the number has increased by 940 cases. The death toll was 107, an increase of 16 since Monday. .
Moore said: “As shown by hospitalization, the severity of positive cases has increased, and now the number of deaths has increased.”
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Mercy Health Muskegon reported “over” 120 hospitalized cases on Wednesday, more than double the 58 cases a week ago. Compassionate officials said that they have reached their working capacity, and the most worrying thing is the lack of staff who have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 infection.
Andrea Avoceda, president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan, said that in the past day, another 54 employees of Mercy Health Muskegon were infected with COVID-19. The company represents 1,800 employees of the Muskegon hospital system. She said the total reached 179.
The lack of staff to take care of the increasing number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the lack of adequate space at Mercy Hospital prompted Moore to seek help from the state. She said she asked the National Guard’s health clinicians to help take care of officials in a 20-bed ward. They hoped to open at Harkley Hospital, which closed a few weeks ago.
Moore said the state responded that it was working on a more regional effort instead of specifically helping Muskegon.
In a message to the community on Wednesday, Mercy Health Muskegon president Gary Allore said he was “pleading” residents to maintain a gathering of up to 10 people, and beware of hand washing, social evacuation and wearing masks.
He said that in recent days, Mercy has had more than 120 COVID-19 positive patients, while the peak hospitalization period last spring was 33.
The surge in COVID-19 has hit the elderly particularly hard. Moore said all residents of the three nursing homes in Muskegon County (about 60 in total) tested positive. She said that the employee’s positive rate was 40%.
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According to data from the health department, of the 22 deaths in the past week, 11 were among people 80 years and older, and 5 among people over 70.
Moore said five people in their sixties died, and one of them had no “underlying health conditions.” According to the records of the health department, another person died in his 40s.
Moore said that contact tracing found that more and more people who had been in contact with COVID-positive patients also tested positive. However, due to “capacity issues”, the scale of testing may have to be reduced, including insufficient personnel for testing and uncertainty in the supply of future tests.
She said: “I think we may have to suspend and implement test restrictions.” “That’s because of the large number of people.”
According to data from the health department, 8,334 tests were conducted from November 5 to 11.
The Ministry of Health reported that the cumulative test results as of Wednesday showed that there were 374 cases of young people under the age of 20, an increase of 67 cases from November 5; 629 people under the age of 20, an increase from November 5 There were 146 people in their 30s; 583 people in their 30s, an increase of 131; 586 people in their 40s, an increase of 145; 640 people in their 50s, an increase of 161; more than 60 There were 533 people aged 533, an increase of 143; 326 people in their 70s, an increase of 89; 282 people aged 80 and over, an increase of 58.
The total death toll in Muskegon County includes 57 years old and 80 years old, 21 years old 70 years old, 22 years old 60 years old, 5 years old 50 years old and 2 years old 40 years old.
Ottawa County reported 8,330 cases on Wednesday, an increase of 1,541 since November 5, and 91 deaths, an increase of 7 cases.
Oceania County reported 789 cases and 8 deaths.
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