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Rising COVID cases prompt rescheduling for some surgeries


Some Michigan hospitals are postponing some scheduled surgeries as the number of COVID-19 patients they're treating is rising.

In recent weeks, the number of COVID patients in Michigan hospitals has increased to the point where hospitals say they're dealing with "extremely high hospital occupancy."

A Michigan Medicine spokeswoman says University of Michigan hospitals made the decision to reschedule a small number of scheduled surgeries late this week and next week in order to maintain safe occupancy levels.

Meanwhile, Henry Ford hospital says it’s limiting elective procedures at its Macomb Hospital for the next two days for the same reason.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan has the highest COVID case rate in the nation.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A