REED CITY — The latest variant of COVID-19 is doing more than increasing the number of patients in local hospitals. It’s also decreasing the number of health care workers available to care for those patients.
“(We’ve) received a record number of team members that have tested positive for COVID-19, during this time, we've already had staffing challenges,” Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, president of Spectrum Health West Michigan, said in a recent video update. “Across all of our Spectrum hospitals, we've had nearly 1,000 team members test positive. That's a lot of people.