Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-09-02 23:15:37 –
Hazard, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Increasing cases of COVID-19 and increasing problems in hospitals.
Hazard ARH Regional Medical Centers have reached a new layer of concern as resources go-they have reached the capacity of the morgue.
Tonya McCown, Community Chief Nursing Officer, said:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Perry County reports a positive rate of 19% over the past seven days.
“We use a morgue, but we didn’t have the capacity to reach out for help,” McCaun said.
This happens on the day Kentucky reports the second highest number of cases (more than 5,000) on a particular day.
“We knew we were going to get some high numbers back for us with the Delta variant,” McCaun said. “School is back, summer vacation, people relaxed with masking. We knew we could see some high numbers again.”
Therefore, McCaun says there are 191 COVID-19 patients across the ARH system, 181 of whom are unvaccinated, as yet another hospital in our state is growing thinly.
“For Hazard, we are a small community, but we provide many services and support our sister hospitals,” McCaun said. “When we hear that we have reached capacity, it is important to know that we are still working hard.
In a Facebook post, hospital leaders say finding a morgue elsewhere is only seen as a “last resort.”
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