94 percent of the hospital system’s patients are unvaccinated. (The only vaccinated in hospital are over 85 with mild cases)
MSN: Central Florida’s largest hospital chain is moving into the “red zone” due to a surge in coronavirus cases caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
On Monday, AdventHealth announced its ICU was moving to red status, just four days after it elevated its status to “yellow.”
According to the latest update, 862 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the Central Florida division, which indicates that inpatient totals are nearing January’s record of 900 patients.
“We are approaching an all-time high, in terms of our inpatient, number of COVID-19 cases, which is a stretch in our capacity,” AdventHealth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Victor Herrera said at a Monday news briefing.
Under red status, hospitals will begin rescheduling non-urgent elective outpatient surgeries in order to increase capacity on Tuesday. AdventHealth’s ICU is currently full.
“When we are in a situation like this one where our capacity is a stretch, we may have to reschedule care, that is not urgent. So as a reminder that is what level red means, we do a systematic review of all procedures that are scheduled for patients, and if there is something that can wait,” Herrera said. “Then we make that decision, in collaboration with a doctor taking care of that patient, so we can increase our capacity.”
Although the influx of patients has caused AdventHealth to suspend certain medical care, Herrera reassured that the hospital system has the necessary equipment and staff to continue to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients, even if the cases continue to rise.
Kansas coronavirus cases skyrocket from hundreds to thousands per week; 99% of recent deaths in U.S. among unvaccinated
photo by: Ashley Golledge
Kansas has managed to travel backward in pandemic time. Suddenly it’s February again.
The delta variant is plowing through a lightly vaccinated population, and multiplying fast. In mid-June, Kansas saw hundreds of new cases a week. Now, there are thousands of new cases per week.
That’s why time really matters.
Say you get a shot of Pfizer tomorrow, then the second dose three weeks later. A couple more weeks must pass before your body has built up its arsenal of antibodies to guard you against hospitalization and death.
“Five weeks is a long time,” deputy state health officer Joan Duwve said. “That’s just a prime opportunity for this virus to find you, to make you sick and to spread to other members of your family.”
Yes, you can still catch COVID-19 after getting a vaccine, but misinformation about what that means deflects from this simple fact: For the vast majority of people, your vaccinated body will be ready for it.
“These are just heroic vaccines,” said Vaughn Cooper, who heads the Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. “The chief scientific achievements of my lifetime.”
Around 99% of recent coronavirus deaths in the U.S. and 97% of the hospitalizations involved people who were unvaccinated.
Each day, a few thousand Kansans get a shot of the vaccine that scientists say can stop this pandemic.
Meantime, Kansas hospitals are filling beds fast, and some are turning away seriously ill COVID patients from other areas and asking nurses to sign up for extra shifts.
The delta in Kansas
In late April, Kansas identified its first case of the delta variant. Now almost all the COVID cases here are this flavor.
Kansas sits smack dab in the delta zone, wedged between other states with the same problem — most notably, Missouri, where preventable infections are overwhelming hospitals in Springfield.
And so delta is doing what delta does best: spreading. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kansas as one of 17 states with high transmission levels right now.
Not satisfied with hugging the Missouri border, the variant has crisscrossed the state, fueling upticks around Junction City, Wichita and other areas.
On the past three Mondays, Ascension Via Christi’s St. Francis Hospital in Wichita went from 13 patients to 20 to 46.
Dr. Sam Antonios, Via Christi’s chief clinical officer, described the health system’s staff as “disheartened.”
“They obviously don’t want to have to go back to the same level of severity of illness,” he said. read more…