MMH update on COVID

Margaret Mary Health COVID-19 Update: 9.15.21

MMH is located in District 9 in the Indiana Department of Health .  As of today (Wednesday), there are a total of 73 ICU beds in our district and 70 of those are full.  Our district has the highest ICU capacity (96%) in the state right now and 45% of those are COVID+ patients.  The Ripley Co. Covid positivity rate increased to 12.29% and remains in “orange” status. The Franklin Co. Covid positivity rate increased to 19.94% and remains in “red” status.

Emergency Department:  Over the past week our Emergency Department average daily census continues to be significantly higher than normal with a 34% increase from normal daily patient volumes.  As a result, patient wait times to be seen and treated continue to be longer than normal.

Inpatient Surgery:  We are still evaluating elective inpatient surgeries on a day-by-day basis and canceling or rescheduling as needed based on our current inpatient volumes. 

Inpatient Care:  We currently have 28 patients on our Med Surg floor, with 4 of those patients in our Special Care Unit.  17 of our patients are Covid positive with 3 of those on ventilators.   We have not had this many COVID patients on our Med Surg floor at one time since mid-December of 2020.  The average age of our hospitalized COVID+ patients since the beginning of August is 60, and the total percent of inpatients not vaccinated continues to trend around 81%. 

Testing: In the last week we have had 75 patients who tested positive for Covid, with a current positivity rate of 33.6%.    MMH can provide testing for symptomatic patients at our Main Campus Lab with an order from your primary care provider.   Current turnaround times for COVID test results are typically within 48 hours.  Patients administered the multiplex test for flu, COVID and RSV may have to wait up to 3 or 4 days to receive test results.

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