Hospital Affiliation: With one other uptick in COVID instances, hospitals are nearing capability

Hospital Affiliation: With one other uptick in COVID instances, hospitals are nearing capability

A nurse treats a affected person with coronavirus within the intensive care unit at a hospital in Leonardtown on Could 1, 2020. Photograph by Win McNamee/Getty Pictures.

Maryland hospitals are nearly at capability with longer wait occasions to assist sufferers, due partly to “one other steep uptick in Marylanders needing hospitalization for COVID,” in keeping with the Maryland Hospital Affiliation.

The Maryland Division of Well being reported 896 individuals hospitalized with COVID on Friday; that compares to 789 hospitalizations one week in the past and hospitalizations within the 500-person vary early final month.

The hospital affiliation stated most hospitals are greater than 90% full and lots of are at 100% capability.

The group is asking individuals to succeed in out to their native care suppliers for much less extreme points to assist alleviate strain on hospital emergency departments.

“Assist protect hospitals’ restricted sources by searching for hospital care solely when really wanted,” Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Affiliation, stated in a press release.

He urged individuals to “search look after much less extreme sicknesses in main care, pressing care, or through telehealth. You too can assist by getting a flu shot, getting boosted towards COVID-19, and social distancing when sick.”

The affiliation is circulating six ideas for Marylanders to stay wholesome and defend others:

  1. Round greater teams, maintain social distance and put on face masks that cowl each nostril and mouth.
  2. Get a COVID take a look at when you’ve got signs or a relative or different beloved one exams constructive.
  3. Stay residence in case you are sick.
  4. Go to main care suppliers early to forestall colds or minor accidents from getting worse.
  5. Get vaccinated or boosted for COVID.
  6. Get a flu shot.

Along with responding to surges in care wants for COVID and different respiratory sicknesses, hospitals are additionally dealing with workforce shortages almost three years after the worldwide pandemic reached Maryland. In an August report, the Hospital Affiliation stated it was dealing with “essentially the most crucial staffing scarcity in current reminiscence,” with considered one of each 4 nursing positions within the state vacant.

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