Pray with the public to take precautions and avoid overwhelming systems
(Update: Add video, comments from St. Charles official)
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – St. Charles Bend said on Friday it has seen a nearly doubling of COVID-19 hospitalizations in 24 hours, from six to 11, and urged residents to take precautions to avoid overwhelming hospital capacity in the coming days and weeks.
Hospital spokesman Ben Salmon told NewsChannel 21 that the hospital had six COVID-19 patients on Thursday and 11 as of Saturday afternoon. Two were in the intensive care unit, he said, and one was sitting on a ventilator.
“Although the numbers seem” low “, the concern is the exponential growth we see in both Central Oregon̵
“The exponential growth is attributed to behavioral weeks in the past and shows no signs of slowing down. Our concern is when we enter this weekend, we will add fuel to a fire that is already burning too hot. We all need help this weekend and in in the weeks ahead to slow down COVID-19. “
Dr. Jeff Abasalon, the hospital’s chief executive, told NewsChannel 21 on Friday, “We all know there is a strong desire to return to normal, in terms of our everyday interactions,”
“But what I really think is important for people to know is that if we are not careful about how we interact with others, we will continue to spread the virus that causes covid-19 disease,” he said.
“And so it is for these reasons that we recommend that everyone follow social or physical distance guidelines, wear a mask at all times when you are in public, wash your hands and limit your interactions,” Absalon said.
Here is the full news release from St. Charles Health System:
At St. Charles has almost doubled COVID-19 hospital admissions over the past 24 hours, and our data modeling shows that we are heading for a larger flood than the one we experienced in April.
In summary, if behavior does not change in our society, we will overwhelm our health system’s capacity in the coming weeks.
We know that people look forward to celebrating the weekend with family and friends. But we cannot celebrate the way we are used to. After the holiday gatherings in Memorial Day, COVID-19 cases accelerated. This virus does not take vacations, and our actions will now determine where we stand later in July.
To protect you, your loved ones and your community, we urge you to:
1. Stay home if you feel sick.
2. Think hard about your Fourth of July plans. Think strongly about celebrating at home this year and limiting your interactions to a very small group of people.
3. If you go out in public, it is imperative that you always wear a mask.
4. Follow the physical distance guidelines.
5. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
St. The Charles Health System has been preparing for a significant increase in COVID-19 patients since January, and our facilities are still a safe place for all kinds of care. Do not hesitate to visit a hospital in St. Charles if you are experiencing a medical emergency and need to seek care.