A spokesperson for St. Charles Bend described their system being “under extreme tension”.
” We require to continue using masks, social distancing and getting immunized,” Russell informed NewsChannel 21 on Thursday. “If something took place to somebody in my household today, I would have a much harder time finding care in Central Oregon today due to the fact that COVID is driving that over-capacity.”.
Given that March 1, St. Charles has seen about 500 COVID-19 patients enter its emergency clinic– and authorities state 98% of them either were not immunized or not fully vaccinated.
Its not only the hospital urging residents to continue to do your part. Bends Mayor, Sally Russell shares a comparable sentiment.
The health center will likely not be getting a break quickly, as Memorial Day weekend is among the busiest holiday weekends of the year for the emergency clinic, according to Ansbaugh.
The hospital has seen a lot of clients in the in 2015 requiring ventilators that “proning” has ended up being a typical event in the extensive care unit. Proning is turning a patient from laying on their back to laying on their stomach for a prolonged time period– 18 hours to be exact. Its done to increase air flow.
” Right now, we do not have a location to put you,” Ansbaugh said. “It impacts everybody.”.
The health center reported 41 COVID-19 clients since early Thursday morning– more than, for example, Oregon Health & & Science University in Portland. Five remained in the ICU, 3 on ventilators.
Medical facility states high COVID client count has postponed take care of others.
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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ)– While Deschutes County entered the Lower Risk COVID-19 category on Friday, due to increasing vaccination numbers, St. Charles Bend continues to see lots of COVID-19 clients requiring hospitalization, several in the extensive care unit.
Ansbaugh told NewsChannel 21 that generally he used to only seek to transfer one or 2 patients a month to other regional health centers,. But recently, he said, nearly every patient is a candidate for transfer.
” Since the pandemic begun, individuals are having to get their surgical treatments bumped == including people who have cancer,” Nathan Ansbaugh, an emergency situation room doctor, stated Thursday.
St. Charles is asking citizens and visitors who are unvaccinated to continue to mask up, or better yet, get the vaccine as soon as possible, stating it will make a difference.