MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A report from officials at WVU Medicine says 40% of all coronavirus patients in the state are in a WVU Medicine facility.
In Morgantown, Ruby Memorial Hospital reports 119 coronavirus patients with no beds available. Staff at Ruby Memorial Hospital established a waiting list on Friday afternoon. Hospital data shows that 61 of 71 available ventilators are in use.
Last week, officials at WVU Medicine announced that they were operating in âcrisis careâ mode. Planned procedures have been suspended and further adjustments are underway in the wards where patients await treatment.
Residents with minor to moderate medical needs are advised to visit emergency care centers before coming to an emergency room with an injury. People who think they are suffering from a heart attack or stroke should go to the emergency room.
Saturday’s state DHHR coronavirus report said 977 people are hospitalized statewide with COVID-19, 285 have been admitted to intensive care and 193 are on ventilators. The percentage of unvaccinated people in the hospital is just over 80%. Data shows that the number of unvaccinated people on ventilators is close to 90%.
âThese numbers are frightening and they tell the story,â WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright said in a recent appearance on MetroNews âTalklineâ. âIt’s a very difficult time for people.
At Mon Health, CEO David Goldberg worked with heads of state and DataRobot to gain insight into the future using artificial intelligence.
âWe still expect to arrive around mid-October,â Goldberg said. “We think we’re going to see this surge last until the second week of October and then come down slightly.”
My Health is also in crisis mode, and Goldberg explained how it works on the floor of a care facility.
âA procedure that might require a bed and is not life-threatening, emergent, or urgent,â Goldberg said. “We have this conversation, doctor to patient, to say that we are going to have to postpone this for a week or two to keep the capacity of the hospital open for those who are very sick.”
As hospitals retreat into crisis mode around the state, it is the balance sheets of these institutions that are struggling. Last week, the governor unveiled the Save Our Care program designed to help hospitals ride this wave. The state government has over $ 1 billion in federal coronavirus relief money for situations like this.
âI think the governor takes a responsible look at this and says what we can do to help strengthen the staff, what can we do to consolidate the supplies, what can we do to make sure our hospitals, our practices Doctors and our care homes are open and operational for patients who need them, âGoldberg said.
As the rise in hospitals increases daily, Goldberg, like other health officials, believes the vaccine will moderate the rise and save lives.
âAt My Health Medical Center, about 95% of people hospitalized with COVID are not vaccinated,â Goldberg said. “What we are seeing with the Delta variant is that people get sicker with this presentation than when they started out when they didn’t have a vaccine.”
Vaccine resistance has so far been a major problem in getting the remaining percentage of the population vaccinated. DHHR’s Friday report brings the number of people fully vaccinated to 834,259.
âWe are facing an international pandemic linked to COVID. New strains keep arriving, just as new strains of influenza arrive, âGoldberg said. âObtaining the vaccine provides additional protection at a time when it is evolving and mutating so rapidly. I firmly believe it is the right thing to do.