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Covid hospital patients drop by half in Michigan since mid-April; Detroit-area numbers also down sharply

May 13, 2021, 9:30 PM by  Alan Stamm

The number of adults with Covid infections in Michigan hospitals has declined by more than 2,000 over the past four weeks.

State data posted Thursday shows 2,158 hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus -- down 48% from April 14, when 4,187 beds held virus victims. 

Intensive care units, which had 864 Covid cases in mid-April, were treating 613 as of Thursday afternoon's tally from the Department of Health and Human Services. That's a 29% drop.

Deadline Detroit compared figures for April 14 with the latest update. Weekly data shows the number of in-patients with confirmed or suspected Covid, the number in intensive care and overall bed occupancy rates at every Michigan hospital.

To be sure, coronavirus remains a real and present danger. The state reports 2,057 new diagnoses since Wednesday. 

But declines in hospital admissions and ICU-level cases are encouraging, indicating fewer severe infections and potentially life-threatening emergencies. A month ago, 23% of all Michigan hospital in-patients had Covid symptoms. The share now is 12.7%.

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Covid hospital admissions and ICU-level cases are down locally and statewide. (Photos: DepositPhotos)

Metro Detroit data reflects the same improvement.

Three local networks -- Beaumont, Ascension and Henry Ford -- have 1,031 fewer pandemic cases in the tricounty area than a month ago. Numbers are down at each of 18 hospitals in those systems, falling by at least 50% at 14 sites listed below.

Their intensive care units also treat fewer Covid patients overall, though numbers are up slightly at four hospitals analyzed. 

In-patients with Covid symptoms are down 60% at the 18 local hospitals, dropping from 1,722 on April 14 to 691 now.

The number of coronavirus patients needing intensive care at those facilities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb declined nearly 35% from 283 to 185. 

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The most dramatic declines are at these sites:

  • Ascension Providence (Rochester): 78.7% fewer Covid patients over four weeks
  • Beaumont Troy: 76% drop
  • Henry Ford Macomb (Clinton Twp.): 74% down
  • Ascension Macomb Oakland (Warren): 66.6% lower
  • Beaumont Trenton: 66% decline
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte: 65% reduction
  • Ascension Providence (Novi): 63.4% lower
  • Beaumont Royal Oak: 58% lower
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield: 58% reduction
  • Beaumont Taylor: 57% drop
  • Beaumont Dearborn: 53.7% drop
  • Beaumont Grosse Pointe: 53% drop
  • Ascension Providence (Southfield): 50% down
  • Ascension Macomb Oakland (Madison Hts.): Also 50% lower

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