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Covid and Hospitals: How are things now?

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Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Just curious. Here in DFW I see hospitalizations are rising to 14%. How are things in the hospitals? Are things relatively normal? No more furloughs?

Please share. I am not in acute care, but I am of course very interested in the effects on acute care staff.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I am in DFW. We went up over 300% in the past week at my hospital and had to reopen a Covid unit that we had closed. We are starting to see flu cases coming in through the ER as well and we have critical staffing shortages that cause panic nearly daily around the times of shift change. We have four Covid units at this time.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 29 years experience.

St. Petersburg, Florida.

We have currently 10 patients in our Covid unit, and ICU.  During the Summer it went up to about 60 to 70.

I don't think we've had much of a surge yet, but it hasn't dropped.  The weather has been nice and warm but I'm concerned that with overall trends around the country we're still going to see a surge, especially since we're home of the Rays and they are in the World Series and people will be going out to restaurants and bars to watch the game.  Our restaurants and bars have no restriction on capacity.

I think in this area it's younger people getting it and they aren't being hospitalized all that much.  

 

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

23 hours ago, Nurse SMS said:

I am in DFW. We went up over 300% in the past week at my hospital and had to reopen a Covid unit that we had closed. We are starting to see flu cases coming in through the ER as well and we have critical staffing shortages that cause panic nearly daily around the times of shift change. We have four Covid units at this time.

Whoa. Thank you for that update. It is so hard to get a clear picture these days.

23 hours ago, Tweety said:

St. Petersburg, Florida.

We have currently 10 patients in our Covid unit, and ICU.  During the Summer it went up to about 60 to 70.

I don't think we've had much of a surge yet, but it hasn't dropped.  The weather has been nice and warm but I'm concerned that with overall trends around the country we're still going to see a surge, especially since we're home of the Rays and they are in the World Series and people will be going out to restaurants and bars to watch the game.  Our restaurants and bars have no restriction on capacity.

I think in this area it's younger people getting it and they aren't being hospitalized all that much.  

 

Thank you Tweety. A different picture than DFW it seems.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Happy to update any time :)

ladycody, BSN, RN

Specializes in CWON. Has 9 years experience.

We are up... not to where we were in the Spring...but we went from virtually covid free for almost 2 months to seeing it regularly again.  I sadly don't think it is just a temporary blip...but am hoping with fingers and toes crossed.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

El Paso  TX critical

Houston Chronicle   10/25/2020

Federal disaster team sent, overflow hospital set up as COVID surges in El Paso
 

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A surge in lab-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in far West Texas has prompted state health officials to convert a convention center in El Paso into a makeshift hospital to ease the crush of patients in the state’s 6th-largest city.

In addition, the federal government is now sending two 35-person disaster medical teams to El Paso this week.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Sunday morning that the Texas Division of Emergency Management would provide an additional 100 hospital beds for the region at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center....

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Covid Tracking Project

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CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Really bad again in El Paso. Wow.

Western CT here.  Still okay at my hospital.  We have seen an uptick in community transmission in several pockets of the state, but so far hospitalizations are low.  We'll see how that changes as the colder weather really kicks in.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

In DFW (mostly FW) - two large school districts began F2F school on or about 9/28. Including the highs schoolers who go wherever they want to and are filling their schools at about 50ish percent. And as of October 14 in Tarrant County bars can be open at 50% capacity. So, yeah. It's headed for a bumpy ride. 

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Utah Hospital Association developed COVID triage plan that was presented to Governor as reaching surge capacity per news reports.

CNN  10/26/2020

Utah hospitals could start rationing health care at overwhelmed facilities, hospital association says

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...To triage care, the proposal would take into account a patient's age, health, situation and ability to survive, Bell told CNN affiliate KUTV on Sunday night....

..Utah is suffering from a "phenomenal case growth and spread rate" of Covid-19.

The state reported more than 1,000 new cases per day for the last 12 days. On Sunday, Utah had its highest seven-day average for new daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 104,882 people in Utah have been infected with coronavirus, and at least 572 people have died....