Sumner County, Tennessee (WKRN) – Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Sumner Regional Medical Center has reached capacity.
Hospital officials told “News 2” that it will transfer patients with the virus to other hospitals. Wendy Long, chairman and chief executive officer of the Tennessee Hospital Association, said this is usually due to not only a lack of ICU beds, but also a shortage of staff.
Lang said: “Most hospitals with hospital capacity can find a place for another bed, but if there is no manpower, this position is useless.” “As the positive rate in the community increases, people working in the hospital Will appear in the community, and they will also be infected.”
Long said the state is well above the peak established in August. COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate, so hospitalization is increasing.
“Over the past month and a half, we have seen dramatic growth. Now, we are seeing an increase of approximately 8% to 10% per week. Week after week,” Lang said.
But does it increase the problem? The upcoming flu season and holiday season.
Lang said: “If you want to grasp what usually happens during the flu season today, because we are seeing an increase in the number of hospitalizations during the flu season, then we will have capacity problems everywhere in the state.” The transition from the cases that occurred in China to the spread of the disease to family members and social gatherings in people’s homes. This is when everything happens every year.”
Lang said that the Sumner area will not have to move patients alone.
Lang said: “Many hospitals are now evaluating their ability to accept new patients every day.”
But as we begin to see this peak before the flu and holiday season, Long said she is worried about what will happen in the next few weeks.
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