Statewide, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased in October, and numbers across the country are also on the rise.
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“It is not unique to the Miami Valley area. And that’s what most hospitals across the state and in fact, many other states are facing right now, ”said Dr. Roberto Colón, deputy medical director of the Miami Valley Hospital.
In general, hospitals that have previously experienced higher patient counts, such as the flu season, can sometimes push hospitals to capacity.
“The difference right now, in regards to COVID, is all that characterizes COVID: isolation, ignorance of the patient when they arrive, whether they will be able to survive the illness or not. , and the number of patients in the community with COVID at the same time, ”Colón said.
Colón said hospitals have so far been able to take steps from the intensification plan they had taken earlier during the pandemic and be able to accommodate the surge.
There are several improvements over the spikes. The Dayton area hospital system secured more personal protective gear, putting them in a better position than the March scramble. In addition, COVID-1
9 treatment and outcomes have improved since the onset of the pandemic, via steroids and the positioning of some patients on tummy and other approaches.
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However, local and national health care providers, who have been coping with the pandemic since spring, also face stress and exhaustion.
“We are doing our best to prevent that supplier exhaustion,” Weinstein said.
Entering the Halloween weekend and then Thanksgiving weekend, both doctors emphasized the importance of people continuing to take COVID-19 preventive measures such as wearing masks in public and Avoid crowds and crowds.
Local hospitals currently don’t need to cancel any surgeries or procedures because of contagion, but Weinstein says those could become mandatory if the numbers keep growing and they may not. there are enough hospital beds to bring patients COVID-19 unless they start operating in bed.
“So we need the community to start following guidelines about wearing masks when they’re in public and around other people, and not going into mass gatherings,” Weinstein said. “These are things that become more and more important as infrastructure starts to strain.”
Along with encouraging masking, Colón said this is the year everyone should consider canceling their party plans.
“I know it’s been tough because we’ve been through this pandemic for a better time of year,” he said. “But those gatherings aren’t a great idea whether it’s gatherings with family members or big gatherings. We really want to try to limit that as much as possible.
Sarah Hackenbracht, executive director of the Greater Dayton Regional Hospital Association, said the increase in cases was due to the time of year. She said all facilities are well managed, but hospitals must prepare for a possible flu season outbreak due to the need for COVID-19.
Influenza season changes from year to year, but regional flu hospitalizations usually begin to soar in late December. It is not clear whether COVID-19 infection prevention measures mean a milder flu season. or not.
“We want to control these COVID cases in the region so it doesn’t have any other forks,” Hackenbract said.