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Spectrum Health: 76 people being treated across all hospital systems for COVID-19; 66 of them are not vaccinated

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 10:52:17-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Of the 76 people hospitalized for COVID-19 across Spectrum Health's hospital systems, 66 of those patients are not vaccinated.

“We are seeing very sick patients and more of our patients in the ICU than what we saw with the last surges,” Spectrum Health Chief Operating Officer Brian Brasser said.

19 people are in the ICU for COVID-19. Only 3 of those people are vaccinated.

“Our staff is working really hard. They’ve been working really hard throughout the past year and a half. And they’re tired,” Brasser said.

Kent County has recently been upgraded to a high-risk county for transmission, with a recent positivity rate creeping just above 10%.

Spectrum Health is urging everyone who hasn't gotten a COVID-19 shot to do so.

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