COVID-19 highlights for the week of 01/31/2022:
From last Wednesday’s (1/26/22) CMO call:
“Since this last gathering three weeks ago COVID cases have doubled, hospitalizations and deaths are setting records and hundreds of healthcare workers with COVID have caused major surgical delays,” Dr. Stites said. “This is hands-down the toughest surge the medical community has had to face since the pandemic began two years ago.”
- Although cases and hospitalizations are showing slight decreases in the Metro region, they remain higher than any previous wave in the pandemic.
- Communities surrounding the metro continue to see increases in cases and hospitalizations.
- The entire healthcare system remains under great stress due to a sustained period of high transmission and workforce depletion.
- ICU capacity is particularly strained due to longer length of stay among patients with COVID-19, which average up to three times longer than other types of patients.
- Hospitals continue to monitor the urgency of patients’ treatment plans and access to resources for procedures. When prioritizing and reallocating resources, hospitals take into consideration the current situation of care teams, care location, supply teams and more. Scheduled procedures are under comprehensive review to ensure hospitals are prioritizing those most critically ill.
What Can I Expect?
- With cases and hospitalizations increasing in communities surrounding the metro, we may see an increasing need for transfers into the Metro from surrounding regions that current capacity cannot support.
- Longer wait times for emergency services and a decreased availability of local hospital beds.
- Many hospitals are prioritizing critical healthcare resources and reallocating services and support where necessary. As part of the reallocation process, you may be contacted to reschedule your procedure or appointment.
What Can I Do?
Follow the Pillars of Infection Prevention and Control
- Get vaccinated and stay current with vaccination status
- Wash your hands often
- Physically distance by 6 feet
- Wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask especially when physical distancing isn’t possible
- Test when appropriate. Free tests are available on the CDC website.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Don’t touch your eyes or face
- Stay home if you’re sick and follow isolation and quarantine guidance