Coronavirus sickens nearly 1,000 Cleveland Clinic healthcare workers

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A health official from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio said Monday that nearly 1,000 hospital caregivers have been affected by COVID-19.

“We are dealing with almost 1,000 of our caregivers who have been affected by COVID-19 and unable to come and care for these patients,” said Kelly Hancock, manager of care at the Cleveland Clinic, in an interview on CNBC. Shepard Smith. ”

Hancock’s comments coincided with an announcement by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and leaders of the Ohio Hospital Association on a record number of hospitalizations and nearly 12,000 new cases of the virus reported on Monday, although DeWine said two laboratories had delays in notification.

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“Ohio hospitals had more than 3,800 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday, the highest number of patients we’ve seen so far. Today, we are reporting 4,358 hospital patients with COVID-19, ”DeWine said on Monday, according to state health officials. “The virus is spreading rapidly throughout our state and is having a dramatic impact on all of our health care areas and their ability to care for patients.”

There are more than 1,000 coronavirus patients statewide in intensive care. DeWine shared his concern on Twitter, writing: “@OhioHospitals [Ohio Hospital Association] reports that we are currently at 4,358 inpatients # COVID19. This is a 59% increase from just two weeks ago. We also currently have 1,079 patients who are in intensive care, which is still much higher than what we have seen so far during this pandemic. ”

According to DeWine, Dr Robert Wyllie of the Cleveland Clinic said the 970 caregivers were absent due to quarantine or active coronavirus infections, adding, “They don’t catch it in the hospital, they get it. catch in the community. ”

However, Hancock credited Northeast Ohio’s large healthcare system with adequate bed capacity and staffing.

“We continue to meet frequently throughout the day to continue to assess the situation of our two caregivers as well as the capacity of the beds,” she told CNBC. “We are deeply concerned about the increase in cases, and in particular for caregivers.

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