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Beaumont Health to open additional beds for COVID patients


Michigan continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and Beaumont Health says it is struggling to meet the need.

Dr. Nick Gilpin is the medical director of infection prevention for Beaumont.

He says hospitals will soon have to open more beds, and the Grosse Pointe  campus has put up triage tents.

But he says staff are overwhelmed.

Gilpin says vaccinations, while important, cannot be the only solution, and tighter restrictions would help, as they have in past surges.

"The  people who are going to do the right things are already doing the right  things, and the people who are not doing the right things will not do the right things, and so I think some of that is preaching to the choir,  unfortunately," said Gilpin. "I do think we have to be a little bit more prescriptive."

He says Beaumont’s hospitals are pausing elective and non-urgent surgeries on a case by case basis.