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Military will help treat Michigan COVID patients amid surge

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The federal government will send 44 military medical personnel to Michigan to help the state’s beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country.

It also will open beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought the assistance.

The two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and care for patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

As of Monday, nearly 4,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases.

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