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Scary-Sounding Oakland COVID News Story Missing Key Facts/Context

In county of 1.26 million, there are 67 COVID admissions in its biggest hospitals

An Oakland Press story on COVID-19 had the headline, “Unvaccinated face huge COVID risks in Oakland County, elsewhere.”

The Aug. 5 story included this: “All hospitalized patients in county have not had vaccines.”

The newspaper reported: “The doctor [Oakland County Medical Director Russell Faust] said all of the COVID patients hospitalized in Oakland County at this point are not vaccinated.”

The article did not report how many COVID patients are currently in Oakland County hospitals.

Oakland County had a population 1.26 million as of 2019. An Aug. 3 state survey of Oakland County’s major hospitals found a total of 67 patients admitted for COVID, of which eight were in intensive care.

HOSPITAL: Total COVID patients/total ICU patients

Beaumont Royal Oak: 22/4

Beaumont Farmington Hills: 13/2

Beaumont Troy: 13/2

Henry Ford West Bloomfield: 6/0

Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley Sinai: 6/0

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland: 6/0

Ascension Macomb Oakland Madison Heights: 1/0

Ascension Providence Rochester: 0/0

McLaren Oakland: 0/0

Straith: 0/0

Pontiac General Hospital: 0/0

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