MHA CEO Brian Peters joined Richard Helppie of The Common Bridge podcast May 23 to discuss the current state of COVID-19 in Michigan, lessons learned throughout the pandemic and how the state’s hospitals and health systems will move forward as case rates and hospitalizations decline.
On this episode, the two start off by discussing the steep decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations as a result of the safe and effective vaccines, one of which is now authorized by health experts for individuals ages 12-15. Peters noted that as positive momentum continues across the state, it is important to remain vigilant in the fight against the virus.
“There are a lot of things that are going to evolve in the next few months and the bottom line is that we need to keep our foot on the gas because the finish line is in sight — it really is,” Peters continued. “We’re very optimistic that we can finally move on to some sense of normalcy, but we’ve got to hang in there a bit longer — people have to step up and get vaccinated, continue masking and social distancing where it makes sense to do so and is advised by our public health experts.”
Other topics covered throughout the episode include statewide staffing shortages, behavioral health concerns, telehealth, and the critical role of public policy and federal support in the healthcare space.
The Common Bridge is a nonpartisan podcast that aims to provide a space for discussing policy issues without political polar extremism. Those interested in listening to the full episode can do so at The Common Bridge website or through the show’s YouTube channel.