Henry Ford Health System Says 930+ COVID-19 Patients Have Been Discharged

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Now one month since the first cases of coronavirus were identified in Michigan, we're getting a better sense of just how many people are recovering.

Henry Ford Health System said is has discharged 931 COVID-19 patients since March 10. 

Here is a look at the latest numbers from the Detroit-based hospital network, released Thursday morning:

•    Total # Henry Ford Health System patients who tested negative: 6,461.•    Total # Henry Ford Health System patients who tested positive: 4,150.•    Total # Henry Ford Health System patients currently admitted: 714. •    Total # Henry Ford Health System patients discharged home in last 30 days: 931.•    Average length of stay in the hospital: 6.5 days.•    Average length of stay in the intensive care unit: 7.68 days.

Henry Ford Health System President Bob Riney says “hero” is too short of word to describe the ongoing efforts of health care workers in the front lines of the coronavirus, but he said they are also concerned about how they are holding up.

Riney said they have set up a fund to help workers with day-to-day needs like child care and are actively recruiting out-of-state talent that could come to Detroit to help.

"We have continued to redeploy clinical talent that may not have been working in a hospital setting, but can come and support," Riney said, earlier this week. "We're also looking at how we can ger creative with our scheudling and our staffing so that team members have a chance to rest, so that they don't burn out in this struggle. Because it's not likely to end anytime soon."

The hospital said earlier this week that at least 600 staff members have tested positive for the virus. 

Riney added that finding adequate supplies is a constant battle, but the regional business community and the state are helping.

This comes as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says, as of April 3, a total of 56 people who tested positive in the state have officially recovered.

That 56 figure, the state says, is the number of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date, if onset is not available). The number of people recovered on April 3 represents COVID-19 confirmed individuals with an onset date on or prior to March 4. These numbers will be updated every Saturday, the state said.