The coronavirus pandemic is filling hospitals at an “alarming” price and persevering with to pressure well being care staff, Washington state well being officers stated Monday.
And for the primary time in the course of the pandemic, hospitals are additionally seeing massive numbers of sick pregnant sufferers, Dr. Tanya Sorensen, the chief medical director of ladies’s well being at Swedish Health Services, stated. She famous pregnant sufferers are typically much less more likely to be vaccinated.
“We’re seeing ICU admissions, maternal deaths, infants born prematurely both to assist the mom breathe or rescue the infant,” she stated. “It’s actually heartbreaking. … Pregnant ladies must be vaccinated.”
As of Monday morning, the state’s hospitals and well being care facilities had been treating 1,570 COVID-19 sufferers, Washington State Hospital Association CEO Cassie Sauer stated.
Of these, 188 are on ventilators. Eleven days in the past, the hospital affiliation had counted 1,240 sufferers with 152 on ventilators.
“It’s an infinite stress on a well being care system to have this many sufferers with a single prognosis,” she stated. “This doesn’t occur. … It’s very, very alarming.”
The Seattle Times reviews as of final week, the state counted 550,988 complete infections and 6,507 complete deaths, in accordance with the state’s Department of Health. About 31.4% of Washington’s intensive-care models are crammed with COVID-19 sufferers.
While an infection charges amongst youngsters stay low as compared, youthful COVID-19 sufferers are additionally growing, Dr. Dave Carlson, chief doctor officer at MultiCare Health System — which offers look after the larger Pierce County space and Spokane — stated in the course of the Monday news convention.
“Kids are getting sick and so they’re going to get sicker,” he stated. “And our numbers aren’t huge proper now, however I’m very nervous that that would shift in the event you take a look at among the experiences of the youngsters’s hospitals in different states.”
As of Monday, MultiCare’s pediatric hospital was treating 5 youngsters with COVID-19, together with one in its neonatal unit, Carlson stated.
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