“COVID is alive and well” Hospitalizations at Sparrow triple

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LANSING (WLNS)— COVID-19 cases are increasing once again. President of Sparrow Hospital, Alan Vierling, tells 6 News hospitalizations have increased by more than 3 times.

12 days ago the number of people hospitalized at Sparrow was 15.That number as of yesterday is 53.

Vierling says there’s also been a shift in those needing medical care.

“Now interestingly enough the average age for COVID patients has dropped…the older population over the age of 65 we’re seeing those vaccinated and not being admitted to the hospital,” he said.

Younger people getting sick is a trend Ingham County health experts are also noticing. The majority of new cases in Ingham are from people aged 16-25.

And while hospitalizations are increasing in Mid-Michigan, so are the number of people getting vaccinated.

“I’m really pleased that I’m vaccinated and i hope everyone else that’s eligible right now gets in line and does the same thing,” Kathy Meek Hasemann, who received her first dose today said.

Every day hundreds of cars line-up at the MSU Pavilion, where they are putting shots into arms.

Vierling says the best way to fight the virus is by doing what we’ve done for months, wearing our masks, social distancing and washing our hands. And when it’s our turn, roll up our sleeves to get the vaccine.

>>>>> This is a developing story and will be updated.

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