Michigan Coronavirus: officials plead for ventilators, people to run them

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In this Saturday, March 28, 2020, photo, provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Michigan National Guard and other federal and state agencies visit the TCF Center in Detroit to plan and assess the facility for conversion into an alternate care facility for the State of Michigan’s response to the new coronavirus. (Emily Schaefer/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are pleading for more ventilators and appealing to health professionals to come out of retirement to fight the coronavirus. The number of cases statewide reached nearly 6,500 by Monday, while deaths rose to 184. Michigan’s medical executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, says the state has 1,700 ventilators and needs 5,000 to 10,000 more. The coronavirus attacks the lungs. Ford Motor says it will start making ventilators in Ypsilanti in late April. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order allowing hospitals to be flexible in how they use medical professionals. Detroit is getting testing kits that can reveal the coronavirus in minutes.

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