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Michigan reaches new COVID hospitalization record

In most states, undocumented immigrants with kidney failure have to receive dialysis as an emergency treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Some advocates say kidney transplants for undocumented immigrants would be a cheaper way to treat the problem.
In most states, undocumented immigrants with kidney failure have to receive dialysis as an emergency treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Some advocates say kidney transplants for undocumented immigrants would be a cheaper way to treat the problem.

Michigan health officials reported on Wednesday that the state's confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a record high since the start of the pandemic.

Brian Peters heads the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

He says COVID hospitalizations pose a dire situation for hospitals throughout the state.

Peters says they're causing ambulance diversions, long waits in E.R.'s and delayed elective procedures.

“Whether you look at hospitalizations, ICU care, ventilated patients, the overwhelming majority of those patients are unvaccinated.”

Peters says it's critical for people to get vaccinated to stem the tide of COVID hospitalizations.