Ballad Well being CEO Alan Levine says the hospital system now has greater than 100 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, doubling from final week, and crossing the 100-mark for the primary time since Might.

Based on a press release from Levine, kids are additionally being hospitalized with the virus, together with some who’re within the pediatric intensive care unit at Niswonger Youngsters’s Hospital. Levine stated he has requested Niswonger’s CEO Lisa Carter to start making ready a surge plan “within the occasion we see a rise within the variety of youngsters impacted by the delta variant.”

On Twitter, Carter stated she was already engaged on a pediatric surge plan.

“Involved doesn’t start to explain my present state,” she wrote.

Niswonger’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patricia Chambers in an interview with the Press on Thursday, expressed concern a couple of surge in infections amongst kids as many faculty techniques put together to return to session this week.

“Going into this winter with the staffing we have now and the virology we’re seeing makes me very involved as a health care provider and as a medical government about how we’re going to do as soon as faculty begins,” she stated.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Ballad officers stated they at present had capability to take care of about 75 COVID-19 sufferers earlier than they’d need to make changes, changes Levine stated Friday they have been making ready for. Ballad’s Chief Working Officer Eric Deaton stated changes may embody designating hospitals particularly for coronavirus sufferers, standing up bigger COVID-dedicated items systemwide once more or, in a worst-case state of affairs, as soon as once more suspending elective surgical procedures — a measure that has develop into more and more extra doubtless as hospitalizations rise.

“Given the extreme nationwide scarcity of nurses, and the assets required to take care of sufferers with COVID-19, it’s extremely doubtless the general public can count on prolonged ready occasions in our Emergency Departments,” Levine‘s assertion learn. “Sufferers can be triaged and offered a medical screening examination instantly upon arrival, and people with extreme or life-threatening emergencies can be prioritized and we’ll deal with you. Anybody triaged at a decrease degree acuity could also be knowledgeable of an extended wait.

“We’ll give you different choices inside the system the place wait occasions could also be shorter at that second,” Levine stated. “I do know this can be irritating for a lot of, and we deeply remorse that.”

By Harry