JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The COVID-19 omicron variant charge at Ballad Health hospitals is slowly but steadily receding, with COVID hospitalization totals reaching their lowest level in more than three weeks on Monday. The number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) for the virus also fell sharply.
The system’s Monday “scorecard” showed 375 COVID inpatients across all Ballad hospitals. That’s a drop of 23 from Friday’s total and a drop of 79 from a week earlier. The total number of hospitalized patients was last lower on 21 January, but it is still well above the level at the first of the year.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit and respirator is also the lowest for several weeks. The number of fans dropped by seven to 46 over the weekend to reach its lowest point since January 24th.
The total number of patients in the intensive care unit fell by 17% over the weekend, from 81 to 67, which is the lowest it has been since 21 January.
The number of pediatric COVID patients was unchanged at five who are being treated at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
New cases of COVID-19 have fallen by 19% in Ballad’s Southwest Virginia market over the past week. The latest data available from the Tennessee Department of Health, which is one week old, also shows a decrease in the number of new cases for Northeast Tennessee.
The following is a breakdown of COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health on February 1st4:
- Total COVID-19 admissions: 375 (-23)
- Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under study): 7 (+3)
- Total COVID-19 admission: 52 (+6)
- Total emissions of COVID-19: 54 (-19)
- COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit: 67 (-14)
- COVID-19 respirator patients: 46 (-7)
- Pediatric patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 5 (unchanged)
The data comes from Ballad Health facilities across its 21-county service area in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Ballad used state-reported data to establish that there have been 78 COVID-19-related deaths in its area within the last seven days, and over a third of the new coronavirus tests return positive, with a rate of 39.7 %.