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COVID-19 hospitalizations double at Spectrum since Oct. 1

Posted at 11:49 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 23:49:04-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health has almost double the amount of COVID-19 patients now than it did two weeks ago.

Currently, 80 patients are being treated at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Doctors call the increase from 44 patients on October 1st 'significant.'

"We are seeing more patients with Covid across the state, across the region and in Grand Rapids," said Dr. Matthew Denenberg, Vice President of Medical Affairs.

To date, Spectrum Health has performed more than 365,000 tests, averaging 3,300 per day.

“Thanks to the resources and the ingenuity of our team, we have a pretty diversified platform of testing, instrumentation, supplies and equipment that allows us to scale up as needed. So we are doing 3,300 a day. We can do more.”

Spectrum is reassuring patients they learned from the spring.

"We have been diligent in preparing and readying our team with appropriate PPE and appropriate screenings of visitors, staff members and so we have learned along the way. So we are getting better and better all the time."

Dr. Denenberg is reminding everyone to take preventative measures.

"Quite frankly, we want to keep our family and our community safe. So it’s one of those things that we have to do as a community and wear masks, social distance and wash. our hands."

Thankfully, Spectrum is reporting fewer ICU admissions than it did with the same numbers in the springtime.