Rising numbers of COVID-19 cases stressing SMH resources

During a media briefing by Sheridan Memorial Hospital leadership, SMH Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Addlesperger cited information from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in an effort to encourage the practice of Centers for Disease Control Guidelines. 

Dr. Addlesperger

Currently no services or surgical procedures are at risk of being delayed or postponed at SMH due to COVID-19, but the rising numbers of confirmed cases and hospitalizations are putting strains on resources and staff, according to hospital leadership.  

Chief Executive Officer Mike McCafferty.  

M. McCafferty

To prevent any possible spread and in anticipation of further case number increases, staff have adapted the layout of SMH to prevent patients diagnosed with COVID-19 from coming into contact with patients seeking other medical care, McCafferty said.   

Already the rise in case numbers has begun to put stress on SMH medical staff and although the current supply of PPE is adequate, those supplies can dwindle. 

M. McCafferty

Hospital leadership has instituted many infection protocols, ongoing education and cross training of staff to protect those employed with SMH and remain as prepared as possible for further coronavirus case surges.   

Although SMH is taking steps to prepare for further coronavirus hospitalizations, data shows that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the hospital from being overwhelmed is to follow current CDC guidelines.


When asked what he would attribute to the latest surge in case numbers within Sheridan County, Dr. Addlesperger said patients have told staff the causes remain the same. 

Dr. Addlesperger

According to Sheridan County COVID-19 Public Information Officer Jennifer Graves, since the beginning of the pandemic, Sheridan County has experienced 767 lab confirmed cases, an increase of 58 in the last 24 hours. At the time of this story, of those, 233 cases are active in the county and 6 Sheridan County residents have died as a result of COVID-19. 


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