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Michigan/Canadian-Media: Michigan hospitals beleaguered COVID-19 patients amid a worst fourth surge in the country would receive 44 military medical staffers from the U.S. government, state health officials said Wednesday.
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The assistance was sought by the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the request of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
Beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers would also be opened.
The state health department also said that the two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and patients at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids would be looked after for 30 days .
With confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases, more than 4,100 people were hospitalized as of Wednesday.
"Right now, our doctors and nurses are reporting the vast majority of their patients are unvaccinated or have not yet received a booster dose," the governor said in a statement. "We can all do our part to help reduce the strain on our hospital systems by getting vaccinated, making an appointment to get a booster dose and continuing to take precautions to keep ourselves and loved ones safe."
Brian Peters, CEO of the statewide hospital group, said the situation is "dire" and the Department of Defence's support is "desperately needed," CBC News reports said.