KALAMAZOO, MI — Healthcare officials are urging Kalamazoo County residents to get their flu shot this season to prevent falling ill with influenza and straining medical resources dedicated to COVID-19.
Reducing the number of flu patients will assist healthcare systems currently managing COVID-19 patients, Kalamazoo County Medical Director William Nettleton said.
“The more people are protected from the flu, the more hospital beds and testing supplies can be available during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nettleton said. “This further protects yourself, your family, and your community.”
Coronavirus cases in Kalamazoo County reached 3,346 on Wednesday, Oct. 6. That number includes both confirmed and probable cases. There have been 96 deaths in the county linked to the virus.
In total, there have been 191 hospitalizations in the county, including 188 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three probable cases. In September, 18 people were admitted into the hospital due to a confirmed or probable coronavirus