Coronavirus anecdata update

Beaumont has 1,500 workers with coronavirus symptoms, including 500 nurses

The sick count at Beaumont comes the same day that Henry Ford Health System said more than 700 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Beaumont, in contrast, did not disclose how many of its 1,500 workers out with symptoms actually tested positive.


The Southfield-based system, with eight hospitals, employs 38,000.


Gillingham said the 1,500 figure — which includes workers who are sick and presumed to have COVID-19 — is a more accurate portrayal of the impact of the virus’ effect.

Presumably tests are still pretty scarce. No word on how many of the 38,000 workers are nurses so no useful stats yet. This came right on the heels of a couple rounds of layoffs earlier this year so morale can’t be very good over there. They were complaining that Walmart greeters make so much now on the new de facto minimum wages they can’t retain all these black single mother nurses and still abuse them too.

Beaumont and Ascension have been buying out all the other hospitals so they’re the only two games in town here in Michigan.

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7 Responses to Coronavirus anecdata update

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  2. Boneflour says:

    Slight correction, they were talking about the housekeeping and support staff. Can’t get someone to push a food tray for 10 dollah when Walmart is paying 12.

    “Beaumont housekeepers start at $10 per hour and can make up to $14, according to the job posting website Glassdoor.”

    I have heard of LPNs going to school for two years to make retail wages, though. Main point prolly stands.

    An interesting part of that article to me is that their profit margin is 3-5% and that’s about their top range.

    Big hospital, lotsa revenue, most of it goes to pay costs.

    A nationwide problem is that you can’t turn away nonpaying customers, so you have to SOAK the people that can pay.

    Cost goes up, quality goes down, but at least the hobo they found in the dumpster can live to overdose another day.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      What people don’t understand is there’s no difference between wielding institutional power and wielding high overhead costs. When you sign the welfare checks you have the power of life and death over everyone on welfare, which means you can throw their political weight behind anything you want. That’s why the managerial elite like to have high headcounts and as many useless people on their payroll as the greater institution can sustain.

  3. Obadiah says:

    There are currently four suspected Covid-19 patients at my mom’s hospital. Not sure what the total number of patients is (probably around 30 or so). Only that first guy died. Everyone else has been sent home.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Then it’s a nothingburger in your neck of the woods.

      • Obadiah says:

        Pretty much. Friday there were only two people on the whole Covid floor and my mom literally went home like an hour early because there was nothing to do.

    • bicebicebice says:

      “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deaths in the United States in 2017” seems this (((convid))) has some ways to go before ITZ really happening…

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