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Hospital Bed Occupancy Rate Below Pre-Coronavirus Levels

When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed a statewide stay-at-home mandate on March 23, she said it was done “so our health system has a fighting chance.”

The state’s average hospital occupancy rate was at 62.2% as of Aug. 17, which is lower than it in some non-epidemic years. That’s according to a tracking survey of hospitals by the state of Michigan. There were 653 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Aug. 17. By comparison, there were 3,357 people hospitalized with the coronavirus on April 20.

Michigan’s bed occupancy rates, on average, were 66% in 1990 and 2010 and 65% in 2000 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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