Vaccine availability expands to all 16 and over.
Spectrum Health leadership sounded a cautionary note at a news briefing Tuesday citing rising hospitalizations and ICU admissions as well as a climb in positivity rates.
Spectrum Health of West Michigan President Dr. Darryl Elmouchi: “Just 2 1/2 weeks ago we were in the low 50’s system wide when it came to COVID beds and as of today we had 139.”
While during the last surge in the fall the average age of those admitted was 73, the current average age is 60. Dr Elmouchi spoke to the number of people over 70 having been vaccinated as part of the reason they were seeing a younger group of people needing hospitalization during the current climb.
Pediatric admissions for COVID were also reported to be on the rise.
Though wary of another surge similar to what was seen last fall, there was a definite note of optimism sounded when it came to distribution of the vaccines and their effectiveness against the virus.
“We have yet to admit someone who has been fully vaccinated,” said Spectrum Health CEO Tina Freese Decker
Yesterday the West Michigan Vaccination Clinic, a collaborative effort among local health departments and hospitals, put 12,500 shots in arms and as of today anyone 16 and over can make an appointment for a vaccination by going to
“My wife just made an appointment for our 17 year old son and I can’t wait for him to get it,” added Elmouchi.