Michigan hospitals jammed as coronavirus cases, deaths rise

Mar 26, 2020

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan hospitals are bracing for a surge of coronavirus cases as infections rise to at least 2,294. 

Deaths jumped to 43 from 24.

Eighty-five percent of all cases were reported in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, but the Upper Peninsula also has some. Cases are reported in Chippewa, Marquette and Luce counties.

Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Health System in southeastern Michigan said they were caring for more than 1,000 patients at their 13 hospitals. Altus, a company near Grand Rapids, making hundreds of carts for hospital ventilators, which help desperate COVID-19 victims breathe. Altus is hiring more people and adding shifts.