With Michigan’s Covid-19 case and hospitalization numbers hovering near all-time highs, the federal government will send doctors, nurses and others to support certain hospitals, the state health department said Wednesday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had asked for help, and the federal government agreed to “send two medical teams to local hospitals to relieve doctors and nurses as they treat Covid-19 and other patients,” Michigan’s health department said.
The 44 medical personnel — including doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists — will be split between Dearborn’s Beaumont Hospital outside Detroit, and the Spectrum Health system in Grand Rapids, the state health department said.
The teams will arrive next week “and begin treating patients immediately, providing support for the next 30 days,” the department said.
“I’m grateful that the federal government has granted our request to provide much-needed relief to the health care personnel who have remained on the front lines of this pandemic,” Whitmer said Wednesday.