Michigan hospital leaders sound alarms, Detroit to keep students home

File photo of Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hospital leaders warn that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to soon top the spring peak of about 4,000.

Unlike six months ago, COVID-19 is surging statewide, not just in the Detroit area — making it tougher for hospitals to transfer patients or staff elsewhere.

Hospital executives on Thursday echoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's calls to wear a mask, socially distance and wash hands.

Detroit, Michigan's largest school district, will suspend in-person classes next week, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes.

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