The sign leading to the emergency department at Dixie Regional Medical Center, seen on February 13, 2020 in St. George, Utah. | Photo: Chris Reed
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It was led by St. George, who at 53 had the most new infections in the state in cities with fewer than 100,000 people on Saturday, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The University of Utah Health had to create extra beds for the intensive care unit, working with doctors and nurses working overtime to care for their critical patients this week, as the unit reached 104% capacity, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Russell There was.
“We have reduced our opportunities, but it is uncertain,” he said. “We are very concerned about the flu season, especially if people are not vaccinated. We can’t take another blow. ”
The number of residents of Southern Utah hospitalized with the virus fell on Saturday, according to Department of Public Health in Southwest Utah. In the last few days, however, the Dixie Regional Medical Center, which also treats COVID-19 patients outside of South Utah, has more coronavirus patients than the number of beds in the intensive care unit.
However, Dixie Regional spokeswoman Terry Draper said the hospital had not yet activated its intensive care unit, which would expand the available intensive care beds from 32 to 89.
“No, we have not expanded to an intensive care unit. But at the moment, health care resources are strained due to the significantly increasing incidence of COVID-19 and subsequent hospitalizations, which are increasing the volume of patients in our intensive care units, ”said Draper. “It is important to remember that we continue to care for many non-COVID patients who also need high levels of intensive care.”
Draper said doctors, nurses and other caregivers at the hospital needed help from the community.
“Again, we call on the community to stand with us, to disguise themselves, to travel the appropriate social distance, to wash their hands often, and to stay home if they are sick,” Draper said. “Our caregivers and patients across the community need your support to reduce the transmission of this virus.”
Health officials again reported record levels of new coronavirus cases across the country on Saturday, which they said hospitalizations could continue to rise.
Utah health officials reported nearly 1,500 new cases on Friday and an additional 1,340 on Saturday, a number Governor Gary Herbert called “sobering” during a week-long increase in new cases. Herbert again encouraged people to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Doctors like Vinik are also worried about the upcoming holiday season, where cold temperatures combined with more people gathering indoors could mean the pandemic is spreading further. Hospitals across the state have a capacity of 73%.
Herbert has not issued a state mandate, but earlier this week he unveiled a new plan that automatically requires coverage for individuals in high-transmittance counties and made masks mandatory in Washington, Iron and Garfield counties for the next two weeks. Herbert warned on Friday that more areas could face new restrictions if the number of cases does not come under control.
“This is vital to ensure that our health care system is not overloaded,” Herbert said in a statement.
St. George’s weekend editor / reporter Chris Reed contributed to this story.
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Number of coronaviruses in southern Utah (as of October 17, 2020, seven-day average in parentheses)
Positive tests for COVID-19: 5252 (61.4 new infections per day for seven days, dropping out)
- Washington County: 4,145 (50.5 per day, no)
- Iron County: 870 (6.6 per day, rising)
- Kane County: 93 (0.7 per day, rising)
- County Garfield: 82 (1.9 per day, dropout)
- Beaver County: 62 (1.6 per day, dropout)
Death cases: 45 (0.6 per day, dropout)
- Washington County: 38
- Iron County: 3
- County Garfield: 3
- Kane County: 1
Hospitalized: 23 (drop out)
Recovered: 4,235 th most common
The current seven-day average in Utah: 1,222 (ascending)
Southern Utah counties with a high level of transmission (masks required, gatherings up to 10 or less): Garfield (18.1% positive tests, 472.4 per 100,000 cases)
Southern Utah counties in moderate transmission (masks required, gatherings by October 10 or less): Washington (12.6% positive tests, 327.9 per 100,000 cases), iron (8.3% positive tests, 153.5 per 100,000 cases)
Low Utah counties in Southern Utah (recommended masks, gatherings up to 50 or less): Beaver (7.1% positive tests, 197.6 per 100,000 cases), Kane (6.5% positive tests, 90.8 per 100,000 cases)
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