Avoid emergency rooms unless the situation is life threatening as COVID overwhelms the system – archyde

Michigan health officials are urging residents to avoid hospital emergency rooms outside of a life-threatening situation to ease pressures on health systems as COVID continues to rise.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Michigan are currently at an all-time high. Hospital leaders have asked residents to take extra precautions against the spread of COVID as the capacity of many local hospitals, including Beaumont and Henry Ford, is dwindling.

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Michigan’s health systems continue to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated. From January 15th to December 3rd, 85.1% of COVID-19 cases, 88.1% of hospital admissions, and 85.5% of deaths among people who were not fully vaccinated, according to MDHHS data. Hospital stays for COVID-19 are still largely preventable by getting one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

“We all need to do our part to be vaccinated and boosted to protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive. “In addition to vaccination, it is important to maintain your routine medical care so that potential diseases can be detected early and treated much better. We urge Michigander to continue to get medical attention but avoid emergency rooms unless they have a life-threatening condition. If you don’t have a GP, now is a good time to find one through your local healthcare system. “


Diseases can be treated in different care facilities depending on the severity of the symptoms. Michigandians with life-threatening emergencies should always seek help by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room.

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Call a health care provider (such as your local doctor’s office) for a virtual or personal appointment, or visit an emergency care provider with complaints such as:

  • Cold or flu

  • Sprains

  • Skin rashes or minor burns

  • Earache

  • Animal or insect bites

  • Allergies

  • A COVID-19 test.

Call 911 or visit an emergency room for:

  • Life-threatening illnesses or emergencies such as heart attack or stroke

  • Choking

  • Head injuries

  • Bad burns

  • Severe chest pain or pressure

  • Broken bones

  • Bleeding uncontrollably

  • Severe breathlessness.

If you have mild symptoms like a runny nose or a cough, you should get tested for COVID-19. To get a flu or COVID-19 vaccine, visit a pharmacy or vaccination clinic, or Impfstofffinder.org to find a location near you.


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