COVID-19 Highlights for the Week of 9/3/21:
- The biggest limiting factor in the entire healthcare system continues to be unfilled staff positions.
- ICU bed use by patients with COVID-19 remains very high, with a majority being unvaccinated patients.
- Pediatric infections and hospitalizations have been at higher rates than we have ever seen.
- While we have seen a slight decrease in positive cases in pediatrics this past week, we are cautiously optimistic until we see what happens with the recent opening of schools.
- Monoclonal Antibody Treatments are highly effective in preventing hospitalizations by up to 70%.
What Can I Expect?
- Longer wait times for both routine and emergent care at hospitals.
- While monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for vaccination; it is proving effective in reducing hospitalizations for COVID positive individuals. This treatment is available at a number of sites across the region.
What Can I Do?
- Use an Urgent Care Facility as an alternative to Emergency Rooms when appropriate.
- Protect yourself, loved ones, and your community — get vaccinated, wear a mask, and avoid crowds.
- Talk with your doctor about approved treatments if needed; treatment may include Monoclonal Antibody Infusion.
- Be a workforce vaccination leader — see COVID Stops Here