PEORIA, In poor health. (WMBD) — Native well being officers stated the continued enhance in COVID-19 circumstances is placing a pressure on native hospital programs.
On Tuesday, Monica Hendrickson, Public Well being Administrator for the Peoria Metropolis/County Well being Division, stated Peoria County is averaging 73 information COVID-19 circumstances every day.
Whereas not each COVID case requires hospitalization, well being officers stated the brand new circumstances aren’t serving to an already worrying surroundings.
“We work day-after-day to handle our capability in order that we will settle for sufferers with crucial situations and that’s one thing that we’re used to managing,” Bob Anderson, President of OSF St. Francis Medical Heart, stated. “However this ongoing enhance in COVID optimistic sufferers is placing a pressure on issues.”
Anderson stated there are 177 sufferers hospitalized for COVID-19 throughout OSF. He stated the bulk are unvaccinated or haven’t gotten their booster shot.
He stated they’ve been at 90% or greater capability in current weeks, and the addition of extra COVID-19 sufferers does create capability considerations.
“Saint Francis is a tertiary medical heart, which means we take referrals of advanced sufferers from the area, and so we routinely function with very excessive capability numbers within the 80-90% vary,” Anderson stated. “However the COVID optimistic sufferers are usually not serving to that.”
Anderson stated additional wait time and delays are points they’ve skilled.
“There are occasions when we’ve sufferers having to attend within the area earlier than they will come to obtain care at St. Francis,” Anderson stated. “After which there are delays in bringing sufferers from the emergency division as much as the models because of these capability constraints.”
Even with present staffing points, he stated to this point they’ve been capable of handle, a each day accomplishment he attributes to the hospital’s crew members who typically should work additional shifts.
Anderson stated in addition they have contingency plans to increase care into different areas of the hospital the place they don’t usually present care, they usually’ll consider each day procedures in the event that they turn into overwhelmed.
Dr. Samer Sader, Chief Medical Officer of UnityPoint Well being within the Peoria area, stated they’re tight on staffing and house in the meanwhile.
He stated they’re at the moment averaging just a little greater than 30 COVID-19 sufferers, whereas they had been beforehand averaging as little as 8-12 COVID-19 sufferers.
“That’s inflicting some disruptions, particularly since staffing is troublesome,” Sader stated. “It’s an actual downside that we’re dealing with as greatest we will and we thank our crew members who make it occur day-after-day.”
Dr. Sader stated these numbers aren’t as excessive because the final wave of COVID. He additionally stated not all COVID-19 sufferers require hospitalizations, however he stated COVID sufferers are usually sicker and may on common keep within the hospital 5-10 days, which is an added stress stage for the hospital’s workers.
“In the event that they’re within the intensive care unit you possibly can stretch that out most likely 10-20 days, in order that’s a very long time within the hospital,” Sader stated. “They’re taking on that mattress, taking on that staffing for that time period, and we nonetheless have the opposite diseases coming in.”
He stated whereas they’re capable of preserve capability now, they’ve plans in place if issues change.
“Issues that might change could be elective surgical procedures, how we cope with our sufferers, procedures, how we cope with the clinics and areas which can be much less crucial we’d pull workers into the hospital,” Sader stated. “We’ve surge plans within the hospital to extend our capability.”
Each Anderson and Sader stated among the best methods to assist alleviate the hospital system is to get your COVID-19 vaccines, booster shot, and proceed following security protocols.