LANSING, Mich. – Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is now the sixth Michigan hospital to receive federal team as COVID-19 rages on.
According to a release, a 25-person medical team is being sent to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing to help support doctors and nurses as they deal with the surge in COVID-19 and other patients. The highly transmissible omicron variant is fueling the surge.
The federal team will start treating patients on Feb. 7. They will be at the hospital for 30 days. As of Jan. 21, 4,286 Michiganders are hospitalized for COVID-19, reports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“As we continue facing down the Omicron variant, I am grateful to our federal partners for their continued support,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. “They are providing critical relief to Michigan’s hospitals.”
Other hospitals who are getting federal support during the COVID-19 surge include Dearborn, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mercy Health Muskegon and Henry Ford Hospital in Wyandotte.
In other COVID-19 news, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study reports booster shots of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines are keeping many Americans out of the hospital as the omicron variant surges. The CDC study says that the mRNA booster shots were 90% effective in preventing hospitalization resulting from the omicron variant. More information from the CDC released last week also indicates that Americans 50 and older who were not vaccinated were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people in the same age group.