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Burnout hits as Michigan COVID patients reach a pandemic high

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The number of COVID-19 patients is at a pandemic high in Michigan.

Over 45-hundred people are hospitalized – with nearly 90-percent of them unvaccinated.

Doctor Paolo Marciano is a Chief Medical Officer for Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn. He says hospitals are facing a multitude of issues, including burnout and exasperation at people who refuse to protect themselves from the virus.“Supply Chain disruptions it's very difficult to know what we're going to run out of today versus tomorrow but it is the burnout and frustration and exits of the typical healthcare worker which is just devastating,” said Marciano.

Hospitals across the state have again suspended non-emergency surgeries due to staff shortages and the influx of unvaccinated COVID patients requiring care.

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.