LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – As the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate surges above 10%, Governor Ricketts and state officials have signed an executive order to restart the daily COVID-19 dashboard. Hospitals reaching full capacity are becoming a problem in both rural and urban areas of the state.
At York General, CEO Jim Ulrich said the hospital has been at full capacity several times over the past three weeks, forcing staff to change the way they perform certain procedures.
Ulrich said: “We had surgeries, not elective surgeries that had to be performed where the patient recovering from the surgery could not go to our floor and had to recover in our outpatient surgery areas. “
Of its 25 staffed beds, two are reserved for COVID-19 patients and three for pregnant women.
They are also seeing more people coming for monoclonal antibody treatment to fight COVID-19. For this reason, they have reserved two beds for this.
This limits them to around 18 beds available for other illnesses.
“It’s a lot of illness and a lot of illness besides COVID activity that puts us at our limit because it’s difficult to transfer patients,” Ulrich said.
Full hospitals and difficulties in transferring patients do not only occur in York, but also in Seward.
Memorial Health Care Systems said the past week has been the busiest ever.
Roger Reamer, CEO of Memorial Health, said: “Staff have been a bit more stressed. not being able to transfer as easily as in the past forces us to retain people who need the next level of care. “
At one point last week, Memorial Health had five COVID-19 patients.
With just 24 staffed beds, their COVID-19 hospitalization rate has reached 21%.
This means that some people are waiting for care.
“I think most of the time we were able to admit people and keep them until we could transfer them, but we had a few times where they had to spend quite a bit of time in the ER. ”Said Reamer.
The two CEOs have said they are able to staff all of their beds, but nurses and doctors are getting tired after helping people get through the pandemic over the past year and a half.
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