The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The MHA and our member hospitals appreciate Governor Whitmer’s strong and swift response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, which is stretching our hospitals and their hardworking employees thin. Community spread is rising rapidly across the state, meaning healthcare workers are being exposed and leaving hospitals with strained capacity. We urge Michiganders to comply with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services emergency order. If you want to show your thanks to our healthcare workers, take these preventive measures: don’t gather with people outside your household; arrange virtual Thanksgiving dinners; and wear a mask whenever you leave home. We know that restrictions of this nature are difficult for everyone, especially those with behavioral health conditions. We also want to urge people to get emergency care if they experience any life-threatening symptoms or injuries; don’t delay care that can save your life. The faster we can squash this surge, the faster we can safely resume our lives and livelihoods. Hospitals are asking for all of Michigan to unite against COVID-19.