Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2020-11-19 19:17:36 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) —Local hospitals report an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 coming to the emergency room and ICU.
Although St. Thomas’ hospital system has grown altogether, most of the major increases in hospitalization have occurred in the Upper Cumberland area.
Neil Kelly, Regional President of St. Thomas Health, said:
According to Kelly, hospitals are doing what they can to care for their patients efficiently. They are not at risk of being overwhelmed, but staff changes have been made to support capacity.
Also, according to Kelly, St. Thomas is a large enough medical system to hire nurses and other staff on the road in an emergency.
But other rural hospitals are not so lucky.
According to Dr. Melissa McFitters, a research professor at the Vanderbild University Medical Center, some regional hospitals report that beds fill up quickly.
“These counties weren’t hit at first, so they’re completely vulnerable at this point,” said Dr. McFeaters. “So the virus has discovered a brand new vulnerable area that easily spreads from person to person.”
Vanderbild recently published a study on COVID-19 deaths and mask obligations in all counties in Tennessee. McPheeters said he showed that the clear data mask obligation was working.
“Looking at the deaths, we can see that counties that have never had a mask mandate have about twice the mortality rate of counties that have had a mask man date, even if they are a little late. The death toll per 100,000 people in the counties with mask mandates is doubled for hires and late hires, and nonetheless, so it’s clearly related to mask mandates, “she said. ..
The good news is that local hospitals have access to some coronavirus treatments. St. Thomas is also part of the Pfizer Vaccine Pilot. Therefore, they expect to eventually get the vaccine first.
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