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As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase, a look at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital.

Masks hang from an IV pole at a hospital.
Masks hang from an IV pole at a hospital.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital, unvaccinated patients make up the majority of those hospitalized for the virus.

In the last several weeks, hospital health care providers have been struggling to keep up with the number of coronavirus patients.

This latest surge, driven largely by holiday get-togethers, is landing many unvaccinated patients to the hospital.

Chris Nemets is Sparrow Health System’s Chief Nursing Informatics Expert.

“So, you know, a lot of unvaccinated patients that we see come in their symptoms are worse, and vaccinated COVID patients that are here for COVID have less severe symptoms.”

Nemets says those who are vaccinated and are hospitalized for the virus are suffering from underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes or hypertension.

As of Tuesday, nearly 70-percent of patients hospitalized across Sparrow Health System are not vaccinated.