The coronavirus is spreading across the United States of America, and the health centers are tackling finding available beds for incoming COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 infections in America have exceeded over 37M, and more than 0.6M fatalities have been related to the deadly virus. While infections are surging again, hospitals are under-staffed and out of beds all over the country.
With only 50% of the American population fully inoculated, hospitals countrywide are straining to respond to a fatal 4th surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Doctors say the countrywide outbreak packing health centers could have been prevented had more population been vaccinated. According to The Washington Post analysis, forty-six U.S. States faced a two-digit increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the recent week. Moreover, 8 states, including New York, and California added over four hundred new in-patients in that period.
Healthcare staff says the cases surge seems like it happened before but noted there is a jab available to cure this time.
Georgia COVID Update:
According to @HHSGov the state has 164 open ICU beds out of 2,646 total.
COVID-19 cases now make up 50.04% of all ICU beds in use.
— Tim Kephart (@timkephart33) August 20, 2021
Rural medical centers and major city health centers are fighting the pandemic, and patient protection is at risk. Angela Ammons is the chief executive of Clinch Memorial Hospital, a rural health center in Georgia that is fighting to provide for severe patients.
Ammons said that they still have not gained normality from the previous two COVID-19 waves. They are still holding on to many people who have confidence in that they can’t get coronavirus disease, that it’s someone else’s disease, or are inoculated because they are young and have strong immune systems.
Three-Months Supply of PPE Cost $0.1M
Ammons said that she would never have thought that in 2020 she would have to decide who would get a bed and who wouldn’t. She could be full at that moment because other medical centers have reached out to me asking me if they could take patients on. However, she also doesn’t have the staff to be full.
Clinch Memorial Hospital, like other hospitals across the U.S., does not have adequate staff, beds, or supplies to tackle another surge of coronavirus patients. Moreover, Ammons said a ninety-day supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would have cost them nearly 2800 dollars; now, it costs her over 0.1M dollars.
The president and chief executive of Southeast Georgia Health System, Michael D. Scherneck, said there might not be adequate nurses for every COVID-19 patient. He said they could very well themselves to the point where they’re just not capable of providing the level of protection that they could like to provide.
According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, coronavirus-related hospitalizations have increased twofold over the recent twenty-one days.
ER nurse practitioner at ‘Clinch Memorial Hospital,’ Julie Youngblood said that more time than not, they’re demanding from thirty to forty sites and trying to find a bed. The hospitals in Georgia, Florida, and surrounding areas are packed. Moreover, it is not just coronavirus patients; they do not have beds for heart patients or any health issues; the entire system is packed.
The fight against coronavirus disease is a tough one for all medical centers, but several of those in rural parts are desperately seeking open beds, given the latest rise in COVID-19 infections.