FLINT — As the number of patients who require care for COVID- 19 at McLaren Flint continues to decrease, McLaren is resuming all health care services as restrictions put in place by the state are being lifted.
McLaren Flint is now treating fewer than 20 inpatient COVID-19 patients, down from a peak of 105 patients in early April. Since then, the number of positive tests and patients being admitted for COVID-19 at McLaren have steadily declined. Since the onset of the pandemic, McLaren Flint has also discharged nearly 800 COVID-19 patients.
“Our preparation for COVID-19 began long before we saw our first patient with the virus,” said Chad Grant, McLaren Flint president and CEO. “Our team secured appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), began screening patients and employees for symptoms, put visitor restrictions in place, prepared our intensive care unit, and designated additional units for COVID-19 treatment to be ready for a potential surge of cases.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant drop in the number of people seeking care in emergency departments across Michigan, and fewer people are seeking treatment for heart attacks, strokes, and other potentially life-threatening conditions.
“Some patients have delayed their care out of fear of entering a hospital because of potential exposure to COVID-19,” said Binesh Patel, MD, McLaren Flint Chief Medical Officer. “Cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions won’t wait for the pandemic to end, and care can’t be delayed.”
McLaren Flint continues to screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms when they enter their facilities. The hospital has also put into place sweeping new safety precautions, including modifying waiting rooms to allow for simpler social distancing, and the McLaren emergency department offers online check-in to allow for social distancing from home. A full list of our safety precautions can be found at mclaren.org/safecare. — G.G.