Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients have been surging across the United States, causing difficulties for patients that require transfers for care.
According to Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty, the patient count of SMH has been consistent but at the during the week the number did slightly decline, allowing for a bit of reprieve for staff.
But that can change quickly, and staff are constantly checking the situations in other hospitals throughout the region. Should a patient require a transfer to receive care, the list of available space in hospitals is almost non-existent.
The situation changes quickly, many times daily. When it is possible, transferring patients from SMH to another hospital in the region is now a case by case basis, McCafferty said.
Although a small break in hospitalizations has given the staff of SMH a small reprieve, the hospital continues to administer an average of 70 tests a day.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, SMH will begin taking appointments to receive a Pfizer vaccine booster as well as appointments for those wishing to take the initial doses.