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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Hamilton County, causing strain on regions ICU units – WLWT Cincinnati

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Dec 2, 2020

The surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are pushing health systems in Hamilton County on the verge of capacity, according to health officials. UC Health President and CEO Dr. Richard Lofgren said the growth is stressing the health systems’ ability to accommodate patients. UC recently made the decision to limit elective surgeries due to the uptick in cases and hospitalizations. The decision means only medically necessary, time-sensitive surgeries will be performed along with emergencies and outpatient procedures not requiring an overnight stay.Lofgren said the move will allow them to redeploy staff and beds to where they are needed.Lofgren said over the past 60 days, there has been a 600 to 700% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Sixty days ago, 1 in 30 people in the hospital had COVID-19, currently it’s about 1 in every 4 people. He said critical care units are especially stressed, with limited amounts of staff. Lofgren said in the spring they were able to call on travel nurses to help, but due to so many cities seeing a similar surge, it’s not as easy to bring in more staff.When talking about a potential surge following the Thanksgiving holiday, Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said he hopes their messaging prior to the holiday weekend made an impact.Kesterman said he hopes next week they will see the data reflects people’s ability to maintain their COVID-19 footprint.

The surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are pushing health systems in Hamilton County on the verge of capacity, according to health officials.

UC Health President and CEO Dr. Richard Lofgren said the growth is stressing the health systems’ ability to accommodate patients.

UC recently made the decision to limit elective surgeries due to the uptick in cases and hospitalizations. The decision means only medically necessary, time-sensitive surgeries will be performed along with emergencies and outpatient procedures not requiring an overnight stay.

Lofgren said the move will allow them to redeploy staff and beds to where they are needed.

Lofgren said over the past 60 days, there has been a 600 to 700% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Sixty days ago, 1 in 30 people in the hospital had COVID-19, currently it’s about 1 in every 4 people.

He said critical care units are especially stressed, with limited amounts of staff. Lofgren said in the spring they were able to call on travel nurses to help, but due to so many cities seeing a similar surge, it’s not as easy to bring in more staff.

When talking about a potential surge following the Thanksgiving holiday, Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said he hopes their messaging prior to the holiday weekend made an impact.

Kesterman said he hopes next week they will see the data reflects people’s ability to maintain their COVID-19 footprint.

 

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