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Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak

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Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 3:06 PM EDT
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Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday.

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State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals as the number of cases rises each day. MSU said the state has created a temporary license for nurses who are typically required to first take a national exam.

Doctors from the colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine also can work ahead of their medical residencies, which start in July, MSU said.

The state's medical executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said Michigan needs nurses and acute-care doctors.

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A nursing home in western Michigan said 31 residents and five staff members have COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Metron of Cedar Springs is 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids. Two residents were being treated outside the nursing home.

"The rest remain in our care, are stable and it does not appear as if any of them are at risk to be transferred at this time," said Paul Pruitt, operations director.

The number of coronavirus cases reported statewide reached 6,498 Monday, an 18% increase, while deaths rose to 184 from 132. Detroit has roughly 28% of the cases and deaths.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness including death.

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Henry Ford Health System said hydroxychloroquine, known as a malaria drug, has been effective in seriously ill COVID-19 patients at its Detroit-area hospitals.

Dr. Marcus Zervos cautioned it's not a "miracle cure." But he said some patients on ventilators have recovered and been discharged. No drugs have been approved as a treatment, cure, preventive medicine or vaccine for the disease, but hydroxychloroquine can be used in certain cases.

"I don't want to give the impression that this is the absolute essential therapy. We're doing what we think is best under the circumstances," Zervos said.

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