Many hospitals in Michigan are nearing their capacities amid an alarming surge in coronavirus circumstances.

The toll on hospitals is compounded by a staffing scarcity that’s rippling by way of the state’s well being care system and an increase in individuals looking for medical assist for points not associated to Covid-19, well being leaders stated.

Covid-19 hospitalizations within the state are up 46 p.c during the last two weeks, in line with a New York Times database. The one different state with the next spike in that point was New Hampshire, the place hospitalizations elevated 58 p.c. Michigan had the next per capita charge of hospitalizations than all however one state, North Dakota. Covid-19 circumstances in Michigan are up 78 p.c during the last two weeks, in line with The Instances’s database. Solely three states have greater will increase over that point.

“We’re all scared to dying as a result of that is now so laborious to foretell what’s going to occur,” Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, the president of Spectrum Well being West Michigan, stated in an interview Saturday. “We’re getting ready for the worst.”

Dr. Elmouchi stated that Spectrum Well being, which has 14 hospitals within the state, is seeing extra sufferers than ever, pushed by the Covid surge and folks looking for remedy for illnesses not associated to the virus.

The hospital has needed to stretch its sources to satisfy demand. It elevated its I.C.U. affected person capability by about 40 p.c for the reason that newest surge, Dr. Elmouchi stated.

On Saturday, Spectrum Well being had 371 sufferers hospitalized with Covid, and as of earlier within the week, 86 p.c of these hospitalized for Covid had been unvaccinated. He added that the surge was taking a toll on workers morale.

“It’s one factor in case you ask individuals to take additional shifts for a couple of weeks,” he stated. “It’s one other factor in case you ask individuals to take additional shifts for months.”

On Friday, the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers announced a face masks advisory in an effort to sluggish the virus’s unfold forward of the vacations. The well being division really helpful that each one residents older than age 2 ought to put on a face masks at indoor gatherings and urged companies to implement a compulsory masks coverage.

The division said the burdens on Michigan’s hospitals “have reached a vital level in areas of the state.”

Specialists stated the newest surge was much more regarding than previous will increase, and urged residents to get vaccinated. Fifty-four p.c of individuals in Michigan had been totally vaccinated as of Saturday, fewer than the nationwide charge of 59 p.c.

“Our earlier surges typically went from trough to peak in about two months,” stated Laura Appel, a senior vp with the Michigan Well being and Hospital Affiliation. “On this present surge, we’ve got been transferring from the earlier trough since about July 1 and we’re nonetheless headed upward.”