CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia well being officers say some rural hospitals have reached their vital mattress capacities as coronavirus instances and deaths proceed to surge statewide.
They’re pleading with the general public to keep away from pointless ER visits to let hospitals focus their sources on treating COVID-19 sufferers.
There have been 813 COVID-19 sufferers hospitalized statewide Wednesday, just under the file 818 on Jan. 5 when vaccination efforts had been beginning. There are 252 virus sufferers in ICUs and 132 sufferers on ventilators, in response to state knowledge — each all-time highs.
Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus professional, says “our hospitals are being pressured in ways in which they haven’t been pressured earlier than.”
In southern West Virginia, Princeton Group Hospital has no ICU beds accessible as a consequence of a rise in COVID-related sufferers.
However hospital president and CEO Karen Bowling says folks with emergency wants ought to nonetheless come to the hospital. Incoming sufferers will keep within the emergency division till a mattress turns into accessible, both on the hospital or some other place.
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