Spectrum Health Gives Update on COVID-19 Case Surge

Spectrum Health gave an update Tuesday afternoon on where things stand in their hospital system with the fight against COVID-19.

Spectrum Health says as cases have surged across Michigan, so have hospitalizations.

Spectrum hospitalizations have nearly tripled in the last two weeks and the number of ICU patients has doubled in just the last four days.

“Those numbers are still far lower than what we saw at the worst which for us was right around thanksgiving, but none the less on the rise. Definitely a younger demographic in the hospital, definitely a lot of positivity and a lot of concern that what we’re seeing now feels strangely reminiscent to what we saw just a few short months ago,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, President of Spectrum Health West Michigan.

But with cases rising, we wanted to know the guidelines for getting vaccine after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

“You want to make sure you’re feeling better in terms of shortness of breath, fever things like that and any time after that you can get vaccinated. It’s also up to the person’s discretion if they want to wait for a month or two or three after infect to get vaccinated, we do know most people have natural immunity and so it’s up to them if they want to wait, just keep in mind the longer you go from your natural infection, the more likely it is for that natural immunity to start to wane,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, Health Director for DHD #10.

And Spectrum Health says, they’re seeing vaccines work.

“In this latest surge we are seeing, it shows the benefits of being vaccinated. People showing up in our hospitals with COVID-19 are significantly younger on average than during the fall surge, and we have yet to care for someone who has been fully vaccinated,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO of Spectrum Health.

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