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September COVID-19 Hospitalizations A Fraction Of April

They’re down 85%; Whitmer cites current figure to extend 204-day emergency

Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended a declared state of emergency on Sept. 29, due in part to an increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

As of Sept.30, there were 557 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of Michigan. The statewide average hospital bed occupancy rate was 70.2%, according to a survey. By comparison, there were 3,823 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals on April 9.

Whitmer’s declared state of emergency is in its 204th day as of Sept. 30.

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