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Whitmer Scolds Yoopers Who ‘Dropped Their Guard’ On Virus; 29 In Hospital There Due To COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer identified the Upper Peninsula as an example of how people “have dropped their guard” while addressing COVID-19.

“And that’s why we cannot let our guard down now." 

At an Oct. 6 press conference, the governor also said:  “They did that in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is now a national hotspot, and you can see what’s happening in the Upper Peninsula. Some of it could be from because of what’s going on in Wisconsin. Other could be this people have dropped their guard, and this is what we are up against.”

Here are the hospital bed occupancy rates and the total COVID-19 patients for U.P. hospitals shown in a state of Michigan tracking survey as of Oct. 5. The state website states as of Oct. 7, there were 25 people hospitalized in the U.P. due to COVID-19. Often times, data can conflict on state websites by a handful of patients.

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital: 18.20% bed occupancy rate - 1 COVID-19 patient

Munising Memorial Hospital: 21.40% bed occupancy rate - 0 COVID-19 patients

Baraga County Memorial Hospital: 33.30% bed occupancy rate - 1 COVID-19 patient

War Memorial Hospital: 34.00% bed occupancy rate - 0 COVID-19 patients

OSF St. Francis Hospital: 40.00% bed occupancy rate- 6 COVID-19 patients

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital: 41.70% bed occupancy rate - 0 COVID-19 patients

Dickinson Memorial Health Care Center: 51.00% bed occupancy rate - 3 COVID-19 patients

U.P. Health: 65.00% bed occupancy rate - 18 COVID-19 patients

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