PERMIAN BASIN (Nexstar) – Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center Hospital continue to see an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations as the Omicron variant continues to spread. For the first time since September, each hospital said it had cared for more than 100 patients with the virus.
“We’ve passed the 100-patient threshold in the COVID investigation so we continue to be very busy,” MMH CEO Stephen Bowerman said in a press conference Tuesday.
MMH says it is caring for 103 patients with COVID-19. 12 of them are on ventilators. The patients ranged in age from 11 days to 96 years.
Overall, the hospital is caring for 231 patients and has closed for out-of-county transfer requests. Currently 9 patients at the Emergency Room are waiting for beds. Bowerman said one patient was in the emergency room for more than two days waiting for a bed.
“That’s not ideal,” Bowerman said.
Bowerman noted that MMH has received 26 nurses and 2 respiratory therapists from the state, and those resources will allow the hospital to open a few more beds in the coming days.
At MCH, hospital leaders said they had cared for 101 patients with the virus as of Tuesday morning. These patients ranged in age from 7 weeks to 96 years. MMH reported last week that it was also closing for money transfers out of the county.
Along with the increase in hospitalizations, both hospitals have also reported an increase in coronavirus-related deaths this month. So far in January, MMH has reported 18 deaths, MCH has reported at least 10. This is up from 15 reported in December for MMH and 18 MCH cases.
During Tuesday’s press conference, MMH said it also continues to see increased positivity at its testing center, which is consistent with an increase in hospital admissions. So far, the testing center at F. Marie Hall reports a positivity rate of 53.7% this week, up from 50.7% last week.
“We continue to see really big numbers. This number is very high and continues to grow,” Bowerman said.
Anyone interested in testing is encouraged to call 68NURSE to make an appointment.
In both cities, hospital leaders are again encouraging vaccination of anyone who is eligible to help mitigate the current surge.
https://www.yourbasin.com/news/local-news/mmh-mch-each-reporting-more-than-100-covid-19-inpatients-as-omicron-surges/ MMH, MCH each reported more than 100 COVID-19 inpatients as Omicron surged