Amid another pandemic surge in Michigan, federal officials granted a request from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to send staff to support beleaguered hospital workers

The aid comes as Michigan remains a national pandemic hot spot: Approximately 1 in 5  hospitalized Michiganders has COVID-19, and the state continues to lead the nation in cases

“In the last seven days, no other state or territory has reported a higher inpatient bed utilization than Michigan,” reads a portion of a report issued this week by the state health department. 

The federal plan involves sending two, 22-person military teams from the U.S. Department of Defense to hospitals in Dearborn and Grand Rapids. The teams include doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. They are due to arrive Monday for a 30-day stint in the state.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also

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