Over 2,200 Staff at Two Detroit Hospital Systems Affected by COVID-19

Grant Boone
April 8, 2020

Henry Ford officials declined to say how many employees have died of the epidemic or further details about workers who have tested positive.

More than 600 employees at Henry Ford Health System, which has hospital locations throughout southeast MI, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, reports show.

The 700-plus cases amount to around 2 percent of the hospital system's 31,600 employees.

Beaumont Health, Michigan's largest health care system with 38,000 employees, has about 1,500 staff members staying home because they have symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

As of 9 a.m. on April 6, Henry Ford reported that it had 3,637 outpatients across its entire system with a positive COVID-19 result, with a total of 725 hospitalized positive cases.

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The network is just one of a series of hospitals that have been overwhelmed by the spread of the coronavirus, with medical leaders calling on the state to do more to help spread patients out across hospital systems.

There are now 103 positive cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, according to the health department.

Detroit is at the center of Michigan's coronavirus outbreak, with 80% of the state's cases being located in the Metro Detroit area, with 5,023 cases in the city alone out of 17,221 in the state.

"Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety is a top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic", Munkarah said in a separate statement. In Michigan, above 17,200 coronavirus-related cases were reported with almost 730 deaths.

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