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Cochise Co. hospitals struggling to keep up with COVID surge – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-11-24 20:13:55 –

Tucson, Arizona — Health officials in Cochise County are calling on the public to stay vigilant with COVID to support hospital capacity.

Health leaders held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss hospitals in the county.

They say they need to take care of patients in their own hospitals and help move patients in need of more care to larger hospitals.

The Cochise County Healthcare Alliance states that it will take two to four days to transfer patients to a larger hospital in Tucson.

Specifically, they say they are on hold when Benson Community Hospital attempts to transfer patients. Copper Queen Hospital is also struggling to transfer patients to larger hospitals. Currently, 40% of their beds are occupied by COVID patients.

Health leaders also said the community is addressing the shortage of nurses.

County Health Director Alicia Thompson calls the situation harsh. But she says there are things you can do to help even after being infected with COVID.

“Everyone in our community who chooses not to get vaccinated can be helped by knowing how to get away from the emergency room,” Thompson said. “Once you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, ask your primary care provider about getting one of the treatments to avoid experiencing a serious illness. Don’t wait until you get sick. I have to go to the ER. “

There are two treatments available to patients who can prevent the COVID infection from becoming more severe before admission:

  • Monoclonal antibody therapy
  • Convalescent plasma treatment
  • Use of the antidepressant fluboximin to reduce inflammation (FDA approved for the treatment of OCD and anxiety in the 1990s)

Pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer are also developing oral antivirals to help treat pre-hospital COVID cases.

  • Merck’s Molnupiravir works by interfering with COVID’s ability to replicate. It may be approved by the FDA this month (November 2021).
  • Pfizer’s Paxrovid also interferes with COVID replication by using new drugs designed to last longer using existing HIV treatments.

sauce: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/treatments-for-covid-19

“Get treatment as soon as possible after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Our hospital is at a turning point and we need the help of our residents to avoid going to critical standard treatment.” Thompson said.

The Health Alliance says it is worried that these problems will only get worse if our area soars during the holidays. They ask everyone to wear a mask indoors, keep a physical distance, and get vaccinated.

As of November 24, 75% of eligible Cochise County residents have been vaccinated at least once. 64% are fully vaccinated.You can check those numbers yourself in our interactive COVID tracking map here..

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