Septon, assistant manager at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, said: “I hope we (everyone) will be vaccinated and return to normal.
“We have more patients than we have ever had, and we are seeing more people dying than we have ever seen before,” said Jim Dover, president and CEO of Sparrow Health Systems.
“Since January, we have had about 289 deaths; 75% have not been vaccinated,” Dover said. “And very few of those who died (those who were vaccinated) were more than 6 months after the shot. So not even one person who took the booster shot died of Govt disease.”
Among the new Govt-19 victims, Sefton said, a chaotic trend was observed.
“We see a lot of young people. I think it’s a bit challenging,” said Sefton, who has 20 years of nursing experience.
She recalled that a young man’s family helped them say goodbye to their loved one.
“It’s a terrible night,” she said. “That too one day I went home and cried.”
‘We have not yet reached the peak’
Michigan is not the only country facing a tough winter with the Govt-19. Nationwide, the number of people admitted to Kovit-19 Hospitals is up 40% from a month ago, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This is the first holiday season with a relentless spread of delta variation – more contagious than Americans encountered last winter.
“We continue to talk about how we have not yet reached the peak,” Sefton said.
Daniel Williams, a nurse at Sparrow Hospital, said most of his Covit-19 patients were not vaccinated and did not know they would be severely affected by Covit-19.
“Before they walked in the door, they lived a normal life. They were healthy people. They were celebrating Thanksgiving,” Williams said. “Now they’re here, with a mask on their face, with tears, looking at me and asking me if they’ve going to live or not.”
‘The next few weeks will be tough’
Dover said his state regrets but is not surprised that Govt-19 is suffering from the disease.
“Michigan is not one of the most vaccinated states in the country.
“The next few weeks will be tough. We are now 100% capable,” Dover said.
“Most hospitals and health systems in the state of Michigan have gone through the code-red test, which means they will not accept transfers. And if we go on vacation, if the current growth rate is at today, we will see 200 inpatient cov- eral patients by the end of the month – on a daily basis.”
It “stretches us to the point where it completely breaks us,” Dover added.
“We have already discontinued inpatient-selected surgeries,” he said. “To build capacity, we took our post-anesthesia recovery unit and turned it into another important care unit.”
‘There is a lot of frustration’
Nurse Leah Rash is exhausted. He has worked with Covit-19 patients since the outbreak, and was shocked to see so many unvaccinated enter the Covit unit.
“I did not think we would be here. I really thought people would be vaccinated,” the Sparrow Hospital nurse said. “I do not remember the last time we had a full Govt site.”
The relentless onslaught of Kovit-19 patients has affected Rash’s own health.
“There’s a lot of frustration,” she said. “Another day, I had my first panic attack … I went to work and I could not get out of the car.”
‘Everyone should be vaccinated’
Dover said many have asked how they can support health workers.
“If you really want to support your staff, and you really want to support health care workers, get vaccinated,” he said. “It’s not political, everyone needs to be vaccinated.”
He urges even those who have previously contracted Govt-19 to be vaccinated, as some may become infected again.
“My daughter is a good example. She had Govt twice before qualifying for the vaccine,” Dover said. “She’s still vaccinated because we know that if you have not been vaccinated, it is not enough to be infected with Govt. It can not protect you from getting it again. I know from personal experience.”
Dover said those who are not vaccinated should not reduce their safety.
“The problem is, it’s not over yet. I do not know if people still realize how important it is,” he said. “But they feel it when they get into the ER, and they have to wait three days for bed. At that point, they feel it.”
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.
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