A Famine of COVID-19 Patients?

In the great state of Michigan, there is this news:

Beaumont Health announced Tuesday morning it is laying off about 2,475 workers and will permanently cut about 450 positions because of the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the temporary layoffs involve hospital administrative staff and others who are not directly caring for patients with or without COVID-19. Of the 450 permanent job cuts, most are part of the corporate staff or are serving in other administrative roles.

At the same time, the governor of Michigan has imposed some strict StayAtHome orders. So strict that citizens are protesting in the street.

The scene from Lansing is pretty insane … hundreds of protesters lining the streets around the Capitol — very few wearing masks — to pull off what they call “Operation Gridlock.” Drivers in about 400 vehicles leaned on horns while protesters shouted with megaphones.

And yet Michigan ranks 4th in the nation for COVID-19 deaths:

“Michigan has over 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the virus has killed 1,768 people … fourth-most in the country. Federal health officials still consider the state a “hot spot.”

How does one reconcile a major health system laying off 2,400 staff members, having   27,000 confirmed cases, and yet people are protesting to re-open for business?

Not enough COVID-19 Patients?

Was the curve broken (not flattened) in Michigan because of the Governor’s orders or is something else at play?

Open to your thoughts…