Composite image | July 2018 Background photo of Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Mikkila Shoup. Inset photo of the BLU-Med tent courtesy of the recently established Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George’s News
scheduled tribe. George St George’s News has learned that Dixie Regional Medical Center has activated its contingency growth intensive care unit after exceeding its ICU’s 32-bed capacity. The move is related to continued growth in southern Utah coronovirus hospitals and new infections in the area.
The Surge ICU scheme converts additional rooms into zero-pressure ICU rooms which provide 89 ICU beds to the hospital.
Hospital officials have previously stated that they have been consolidating contingency plans for months and a plan C and D still remains as far as capacity is concerned. There are 284 total beds, with the ability to add 80–100 beds if necessary.
There is also a BLU-Med tent outside the emergency room in March called Dr. Dixie Regional Medical Center Medical Director. Patrick Carroll has said that if the hospital gets out of bed it is an absolute last resort. Carroll has also stated that capacity issues have also been exacerbated by most people hospitalized for non-coronovirus diseases and the concern is that as the number of COVID-19 patients increases, non-COVIDs -19 Less beds will be available for patients.
On top of that, Carroll has previously mentioned that it is not just the capacity that is an issue, but the number of employees available to the man in bed.
Total local hospitalizations are not released on Sundays Southwest Utah Department of Public HealthHowever, the number of localized people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last four days has been between 24 and 33 people. Intermountain Healthcare officials have said there are at least 15 additional coronovirus patients from outside locations such as Meskite, Nev., Page, Ariz., And transfers from capacity-filled hospitals in northern Utah.
The continued increase in new infections may not bode well for the coming week, as Carroll and other health officials have stated that the increase in new cases results from hospitalizations seven to 14 days later.
And the news on the new infection was not positive on that front, as the Utah Department said Sunday that there were 73 new coronovirus infections in southern Utah – the eighth-most in a day. Over a four-day period, there have been 302 people locally, who have been newly infected with the virus, with new one-day highs set on Thursday and Saturday.
According to the Utah Department of Health, there are 1,078 people currently infected with the virus in southern Utah, or one in every 234 people.
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