Statewide, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been on the rise in October, and cases nationwide have also increased.
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“This is not unique to the Miami Valley area. Dr. Roberto Colón, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Miami State Hospital, said that this is the majority of hospitals currently facing the whole state and most other states.
In general, hospitals have previously experienced higher total patient numbers, such as flu season, which can sometimes push the hospital to its limit.
“As far as COVID is concerned, the current differences are all things unique to COVID: isolation, unknowns when patients enter, whether they can survive the disease, and the number of patients with COVID in the community at the same time,”
; Cologne said.
Cologne said that so far, the hospital has been able to adopt the emergency plan they had done in the early stages of the pandemic and can adapt to this growth.
Compared with spring nails, there are some improvements. The hospital system in the Dayton area has acquired more personal protective equipment and is in a better position than the March battle. In addition, since the beginning of the pandemic, some patients’ stomachs and other methods have been improved through steroid hormones and prone treatment, and the treatment and results of COVID-19 have improved.
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However, local and national health care providers that have been responding to the pandemic since the spring are also facing the challenge of stress and burnout.
Weinstein said: “We are doing everything we can to prevent service provider burnout.”
Entering the Halloween weekend and then into the Thanksgiving weekend, both doctors emphasized the importance of people continuing to take COVID-19 preventive measures, such as wearing masks in public places and other places, and avoiding large gatherings.
Currently, local hospitals do not need to cancel any operations or procedures due to the spread, but Weinstein said that if the number continues to rise until they may not have enough beds to place COVID-19 patients, they may need this unless they do so. Kind of thing. Start the operating bed.
Weinstein said: “Therefore, we need the community to start wearing masks when not attending large gatherings in public places and around other people.” “As the infrastructure begins to be under pressure, these things become more and more important.”
In addition to encouraging the wearing of masks, Cologne said that this year is a year when people need to consider canceling party plans.
He said: “I know this is very difficult because we have experienced this pandemic for most of this year.” “But whether it is gatherings with family or large public gatherings, these gatherings are not a good idea now. . We really want to limit it as much as possible.”
Sarah Hackenbracht, chief executive of the Greater Dayton Regional Hospital Association, said the increase in cases was due to the time of year. She said that all facilities have managed capacity well, but hospitals must be prepared for the surge in influenza to deal with the demand for COVID-19.
The flu season changes every year, but hospitalization for regional flu usually starts to climb at the end of December. It is not clear whether COVID-19 infection prevention measures mean a mild flu season.
Hackenbract said: “We want to control these COVID cases in this area, so it has no other impact.”