Hospitals are nearly full in Metro Detroit and around Michigan, especially in ICUs

December 03, 2020, 4:18 PM by  Alan Stamm

Hospital occupancy rates in the Detroit area and statewide reflect a tightening space squeeze felt nationally as more Covid patients are admitted.

Michigan's acute care community hospitals were above 79% bed capacity overall Wednesday, with intensive care units 81.6% full. 

Covid inpatients statewide through Wednesday. (Graphic: The Covid Tracking Project)

Those state health department figures cover all patients. Michigan hospitals report 4,150 confirmed and suspected Covid patients as of Thursday, including 840 in ICUs. 

Here's a local breakdown of Covid patients, using state-defined hospital regions:

  • Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair: 1,219 adults and five children; 160 in ICUs

  • Wayne, Monroe, Washtenaw: 946 adults and 13 children; 201 in ICUs

Nationwide, 100,226 people were hospitalized because of the virus as of Wednesday evening, according to The Covid Tracking Project. Nearly 20,000 filled intensive care beds. 

Intensive care units are strikingly occupied with Covid and non-Covid patients in Southeast Michigan's two statistical regions:

  • Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair: 463 of 557 beds full (83.1%) as of Wednesday, leaving 88 open adult beds and six pediatric ones

  • Wayne, Monroe, Washtenaw: 855 of 1,035 beds full (82.6%), leaving 106 adult beds and 74 pediatric ones

The care crunch is far more dramatic at some local hospitals.

A nonlocal intensive care patient. (DepositPhotos)

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital is 99% full Thursday, while the center's Harper Hospital in northwest Detroit is 94% occupied.

Beaumont Wayne is at 95%, Henry Ford Macomb in Clinton Township hit 96% of inpatient capacity, and McLaren Macomb in Mt. Clemens is at 92%.

Four other hospitals in Detroit and its tricounty suburbs are at 80% to 90% capacity as this week began:

  • Ascension Providence, Southfield: 86%

  • Ascension Providence, Novi: 88%

  • Beaumont Farmington Hills: 80%

  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield: 90%

Figures are compiled by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association for the Department of Health and Human Services. Full data is here.

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