One other well being system in Tacoma on Monday stated it’s having to show to redeployed workers and tents to accommodate sufferers in a devastating COVID-19 surge that’s placing the state and Pierce County to the take a look at.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Well being, which operates St. Joseph Medical Heart in Tacoma, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, amongst others, instructed The Information Tribune in response to questions Monday it was dealing with the pressure of the newest wave.
Earlier Monday, MultiCare famous it was utilizing tents at its busiest areas, together with Tacoma Common and Good Samaritan in Puyallup.
Throughout the VMFH system, there are at the moment greater than 200 COVID sufferers and 35 COVID-positive ICU sufferers.
“Everybody offering affected person care is appropriately licensed and skilled. Nonetheless given capability ranges, our non-medical group members are offering additional assist to the patient-care group after they can,” the well being system stated in an announcement.
It added, “Some hospitals are utilizing tents when wanted, primarily to separate recognized COVID-positive sufferers from different sufferers whereas ready for admission.”
St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, it famous, was one instance.
A consultant with Tacoma-based MultiCare well being system earlier Monday acknowledged the addition of tents to accommodate its personal inflow of sufferers.
“The present wave of COVID-19, mixed with elevated utilization of our emergency departments, has introduced a excessive quantity of sufferers to our hospitals,” Holly Harvey, MultiCare media consultant, instructed The Information Tribune by way of e-mail on Monday.
“To mitigate the unfold of the extremely contagious Delta variant, we’ve got arrange tent areas outdoors our busiest hospitals to offer sufferers ample room to remain bodily distant whereas they wait to be seen.”
Amid all of the COVID-19 instances, different crucial care remains to be in demand.
“If sufferers are dealing with an emergency, don’t delay care,” VMFH stated in its assertion. “Name 911 or proceed instantly to the closest emergency room. Sufferers who aren’t in pressing want of care ought to contact their major care supplier or go to an pressing care location when potential.”
Dr. David Carlson, chief doctor officer for Tacoma-based MultiCare, participated in a Washington State Hospital Association news briefing Monday along with other statewide hospital leaders describing the present pressure on hospitals. He famous that Tacoma Common and Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup had turned to utilizing the tents to maintain the emergency room area free “as a result of we have to maintain individuals out of our emergency room ready rooms as a result of we’re beginning to have individuals which can be type of in a window of therapy which can be having to be in these rooms and we have to maintain them secure.”
Carlson famous that workers additionally was being redeployed amid canceled surgical procedures and different procedures to assist in the surge.