Hundreds of health workers with a large integrated hospital system in MI have tested positive for the coronavirus, the hospital's chief clinical officer, Dr. Adnan Munkara, announced Monday. The number accounts for just over 2% of the hospitals 31,600 employees.
"We continue to improve the information we are providing as our goal is to share timely and accurate data during this pandemic", said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health "We appreciate the assistance of Michigan Medical Advantage Group in helping us offer additional statistics about testing". Dr. Adnan Munkarah, the chief clinical officer at the hospital, said in a statement that further testing is likely to diagnose more positive cases among the employees.
Over the last couple of days, multiple hospitals in Detroit began reporting their total number of workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and it's incredibly high.
"Unfortunately, I think we're going to see more health care worker deaths", from a lack of protective equipment, said Jamie Brown, a critical care nurse at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo and president of the Michigan Nurses Association told Bridge. Since that time, the number of COVID-19 patients has continued to grow in the area and many of them are health care workers.
Detroit is at the center of Michigan's coronavirus outbreak, with 80% of the state's cases being located in the Metro Detroit area, with 5,023 cases in the city alone out of 17,221 in the state.
This is according to The Detroit News. The network is just one of a series of hospitals that have been overwhelmed by the spread of the coronavirus, with medical leaders calling on the state to do more to help spread patients out across hospital systems.