Covid patients climb at Beaumont and Henry Ford hospitals in past week

January 04, 2022, 5:19 PM by  Alan Stamm

Beaumont hospitals in eight Detroit suburbs had 746 Covid-positive patients Tuesday, 33 percent more that just six days earlier. About 200 pandemic patients are at the main hospital in Royal Oak.

Beaumont Troy registered nurse Sandy Parich with a non-Covid patient(Photo: Beaumont Health)

The network's sites in Wayne, Trenton and Troy were at 92 to 96 percent of capacity Monday, state data shows. That translates into just eight open beds in Wayne, 10 in Trenton and 22 at the larger Troy facility.

High occupancy rates aren't due solely to Covid, though Troy's 104 pandemic patients fill nearly one-fifth of its 530 beds.

On a slightly brighter note, Beaumont Health's 67 Covid patients needing intensive care Tuesday are four fewer than last Wednesday.

At the region's other large hospital group, Henry Ford Health System, the 480 Covid patients now being treated are 25 percent more than seven days earlier, chief clinical officer Adnan Munkarah said in a video briefing Tuesday. According to the state health department, 108 pandemic patients were in intensive care units Monday at the system's five hospitals.

Ford medical staffs are "bracing for bleakest month" since the pandemic, Dr. Dennis Cunningham said during the online press conference. He's the system's medical director of infection control and prevention.

Beaumont says two-thirds of its Covid in-patients are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, as this graphic illustrates:

Figures are from 8 a.m. Tuesday. "Unvaccinated" includes patients with just one dose of a two-stage vaccine. "Vaccinated" refers to those with two Pfizer or Moderna shots, or the single-doze Janssen shot -- whether or not a booster also was received. (Graphic: Beaumont Hospital)


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