PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Omicron rise of COVID-19 has pushed healthcare providers to the max, creating log bottlenecks in emergency departments and limiting quality of care that they can provide.
But in recent weeks, local hospitals have reported only a fraction of the number of admissions they had been hospitalized a few months ago.
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Doctors say compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions has been of great help in slowing the spread.
As of Monday morning, UPMC had 130 COVID-19 hospitalizations across 40 hospitals, and Allegheny Health Network had 28 people across 13 hospitals, according to leaders from both health systems. CEO Norman Mitry told KDKA.
All of these numbers are significantly different from mid-January during the Omicron surge.
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“Two months ago, that number would have been 1,100, 1,150 patients. So it goes down significantly,” said Dr. Donald Yealy, medical director of UPMC.
“We were in the 400+ range at all of our hospitals. Dr Donald Whiting, medical director at AHN, said.
Leaders from both UPMC and AHN say the incident has helped improve staffing, which is a serious problem given the nationwide worker shortage, exacerbated by employee illness or exposure to the virus. withdraw.
Doctors say the drop is a positive sign that things are moving in the right direction but also reminds everyone that the pandemic is not over yet.
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They encourage people to start returning to their normal lives, while exercising vigilance and also to regain focus on personal health.
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