Parkview, Lutheran Imaginative and prescient Relating to Improve in COVID Sufferers
Posted: 8/24/2021 / 4:45 PM EDT
Updated: 8/24/2021 / 5:05 PM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In a Public Health Advisory issued Monday urging masking and vaccination, Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County’s health commissioner, said it was “critically important” that local health systems do not become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
Sutter said local hospital systems were “filling rapidly with COVID-19 patients” in the face of an “alarming surge” in cases in Allen County and across the state.
Allen County’s Health Commissioner encourages residents and students to wear masks indoors
So how much space is available in the local hospitals? WANE 15 reached out to Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network to find out.
We currently have sufficient capacity, but the recent surge in COVID-19 patients is weighing on our hospitals and is a matter of great concern. Our hospitals have not yet reached the point where we cannot admit patients, but we have seen a high census in our emergency rooms and other care units related to an increase in COVID-19 patients. Our employees are our most valuable resource, and we know caregiver fatigue is all too real during the pandemic. To keep our teams looking after the way they care for the community, we have implemented several support programs – especially for those on the front lines – including mental health resources, free meals and childcare.
Lutheran Health Network
As in many regions of the country, the Lutheran Health Network’s hospitals are seeing an increase in admission of COVID-positive patients and staffing challenges. We currently have capacity in both medical and critical departments and can cater to anyone who needs medical assistance. This is an everyday situation and we are carefully monitoring it. Our team has regularly adapted to our findings during the pandemic. We are actively looking for new nurses in our team and filling gaps with contract nurses. Lutheran Health Network urges everyone to take the necessary steps to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Put your health first and seek the care you need, especially in an emergency. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.
Lutheran Health Network
For more information on hospital admission rates throughout the state of Indiana, see Coronavirus.in.gov and scroll down to the Hospitalization Table.