The sign leading to the emergency room at Dixie Regional Medical Center seen February 1
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – One of Utah’s largest hospitals no longer has beds in its regular intensive care unit as the governor said the week-long increase in coronavirus cases in the state is “unsustainable.” Meanwhile, while Dixie Regional Medical Center has not yet had to activate its ICU, southern Utah for the second time this week hit its one-day high for new infections with 92 more people infected with COVID-19.
This was led by St. George, who with 53 had the most new infections in the state for cities with fewer than 100,000 people on Saturday according to the Utah Department of Health.
The University of Utah Health had to set up extra beds in the ICU with staff of doctors and nurses working overtime to care for its critically ill patients this week as the unit reached 104% capacity, said Dr. Russell Vinik. , medical director.
“We cut where we can, but it’s precarious,” he said. “We are very worried about the flu season, especially if people don’t get vaccinated. We can’t take another hit.”
The number of southern Utah residents admitted to hospital with the virus dropped Saturday, according to Southwest Utah Department of Public Health. However, in the past few days, Dixie Regional Medical Center, which also manages COVID-19 patients beyond southern Utah, has had more coronavirus patients than the number of ICU beds in the facility.
However, Dixie Regional spokesperson Terri Draper said the hospital has not yet activated its surgical ICU which would expand available ICU beds from 32 to 89.
“No, we have not expanded to an UTI. But statewide health resources are strained at this point due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and subsequent hospitalizations, which are adding to the high patient volumes in our intensive care units, “Draper said. “It is important to remember that we continue to care for many non-COVID patients who also require high levels of ICU care.”
Draper said the hospital’s doctors, nurses and other health workers need help from the community.
“Again, we ask the community to stay with us, dress up, get away appropriately, wash their hands often and stay home if sick,” Draper said. “Our caregivers and patients across the community need your support to reduce the transmission of this virus.”
Health officials again reported record levels of new coronavirus cases across the state on Saturday, meaning hospitalizations may continue to rise.
Utah health officials reported nearly 1,500 new cases on Friday and another 1,340 on Saturday, a number Governor Gary Herbert called “sobering” during a week of rising new cases. Herbert again encouraged people to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Doctors like Vinik are also concerned about the upcoming holiday season, where low temperatures combined with more people congregating in the house could mean the further spread of the pandemic. Hospitals across the state had a 73% capacity.
Herbert hasn’t issued a mandate for statewide masks, but earlier this week unveiled a new plan that automatically requires face coverings in high-transmission counties and made masks mandatory in high-transmission counties for the next two weeks. counties of Washington, Iron and Garfield. Herbert warned Friday that more areas could face new restrictions if case counts were not under control.
“This is critical to ensuring that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed,” Herbert said in a statement.
St. George News Weekend editor / reporter Chris Reed contributed to this story.
Information resources on COVID-19
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Southern Utah coronavirus count (as of October 17, 2020, seven-day average in parentheses)
Positive COVID-19 test: 5,252 (61.4 new infections per day in seven days, down)
- Washington County: 4,145 (50.5 per day, down)
- Iron County: 870 (6.6 per day, up)
- Kane County: 93 (0.7 per day, up)
- Garfield County: 82 (1.9 per day, down)
- Beaver County: 62 (1.6 per day, down)
Deceased: 45 (0.6 per day, down)
- Washington County: 38
- Iron County: 3
- Garfield County: 3
- Kane County: 1
Hospitalized: 23 (decreasing)
Current seven-day average in Utah: 1,222 (increasing)
High Broadcast Southern Utah Counties (masks required, rallies up to 10 or less): Garfield (18.1% positive tests, 472.4 per 100,000 cases)
Southern Utah counties with moderate transmission level (masks required, rallies up to 10 or less until October 29): Washington (12.6% positive tests, 327.9 per 100,000 cases), Iron (8.3% positive tests, 153.5 per 100,000 cases)
Southern Utah counties with a low level of transmission (masks recommended, gatherings up to 50 or less): Beaver (7.1% positive tests, 197.6 per 100,000 cases), Kane (6.5% positive tests, 90.8 per 100,000 cases)
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