COVID-19 Cases Continue to Overwhelm Hospitals

December 01, 2020

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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Overwhelm HospitalsA Rhode Island doctor is worried about the rise of coronavirus hospitalizations. An ABC News article written by Meredith Deliso titled, Rhode Island COVID-19 hospitalizations at 'tipping point' as officials issue warnings reported on Saturday, November 21st that Rhode Island is on the brink of opening its COVID-19 field hospitals and officials fear what the next couple of weeks could potentially bring. The chief of emergency medicine at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Dr. Laura Forman, told Providence ABC affiliate WLNE they are worried that this December will lead to the overflow of ICUs.

Dr. Forman is also the chief medical officer for the Cranston field hospitals, one of two that are on standby in the state. Their big concern is what happens in the following weeks. She stated that across the state, hospitals are being pushed to the brink at almost full capacity and with the current pace, they are worried they will be pushed into the field hospital relatively soon. Governor Gina Raimondo stated at a press briefing on Tuesday, November 17th that hospitals' COVID-19 beds were at 97% capacity and were increasing at a faster rate than they were at their peak back in Spring.

At the current rate, the Cranston field hospital will most likely need to open after Thanksgiving. "We are on a very bad path toward overwhelming our hospitals, so something needs to be done," said Gov. Raimondo. This week, state data shows that Rhode Island crossed 300 current hospitalizations and is approaching levels seen during peak hospitalizations back in late April and early May.

As rising COVID-19 cases were tied to social events, new restrictions were announced in the state and social gatherings were limited to a single household. Starting November 30th, the state will go on a two-week pause. Among other restrictions, in-person colleges, bar areas, recreational venues, and gyms will be closed. One of the goals of these restrictions is to not overwhelm the hospital system.

To read more about the article, click on the following link Rhode Island COVID-19 hospitalizations at 'tipping point' as officials issue warnings.


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