Mercy Health St. Mary’s has 99% bed occupancy as COVID-19 cases surge

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The latest data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows nearly 4,000 Michiganers are in hospital for COVID-19.

Mercy Health’s main campus in Grand Rapids has a bed occupancy rate of 99%.

“Last week we reached the same high as we did in November 2020 when there were around 80 Covid patients,” said Dr. Matt Biersack, President of Mercy Health Saint Mary.

Biersack told FOX17 that his system is seeing an increase in COVD-19 patients, the majority of whom are unvaccinated.

“To be honest, we’ve never seen anything like it. I mean, certainly nobody, nobody expected the pandemic,” said Biersack.

About seven of the major hospitals in West Michigan have 77% to 99% bed occupancy rates.

“The effects of just waiting patients who come to the emergency room of one of the health systems have to wait longer to come to the hospital in an emergency,” said Biersack. “We’re at the point where we’re being challenged, but we’re still open. And we want to stay open.”

The president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids points out that bed occupancy on their main campus would be around 70-75% if there weren’t any COVID-19 patients.

Mercy Health understands that holidays come together. They ask you to be extra careful when visiting friends and families.

“You know the potential impact we might see and the weeks ahead, really scary, frankly, to see the COVID numbers keep rising as a result of the holiday broadcast. It’s going to really put a strain on health systems in the community, “he said.

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