The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The MHA applauds the actions taken today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to extend the COVID-19 emergency order. The chief medical officers of Michigan’s hospitals publicly expressed this morning the need to extend protections to preserve the viability of our healthcare system. While hospitalization numbers have started to stabilize, dozens of hospitals throughout the state are reporting critical staffing issues that impact the delivery of care for all patients – not just those needing COVID-19 care. We are thankful that our state’s leadership is responding to data and will continue strategic measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.
It is still up to all Michiganders to do their part in our state’s response. Honor healthcare workers this holiday season by getting your flu shot and practicing the big three preventive measures: wear a mask, avoid social gatherings and practice proper hand hygiene. We are all in this together.