COVID-19 hospital admissions fall, critical cases remain stable | WJHL
COVID-19 hospital admissions fall, critical cases remain stable |  WJHL

COVID-19 hospital admissions fall, critical cases remain stable | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Data from Ballad Health on Monday showed a decrease in overall COVID-19 admissions and a slight increase in critical cases.

The healthcare system recorded a decrease of 21 patients in COVID-19 admissions, but increases were seen in the intensive care units (ICU) (+2) as well as for patients dependent on ventilators (+3).

One pediatric patient receives fewer treatments for the new coronavirus on Niswonger; a total of three children are left in the facility fighting the virus.

The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to Ballad Health hospitals has fallen sharply over the past few weeks and is the lowest it has been since the end of December. (WJHL image)

The number of hospitalized patients is the lowest it has been since December 27 and has fallen by almost 50% in the last few weeks.

While this decline continued steadily over the past week, the number of patients in the intensive care unit and respirators did not. The total number on the ICU, 52, has fallen only slightly from the 55 reported on February 21, while the number on respirators, 37, is actually an increase of almost a third from the 28 reported a week ago.

However, these totals have fallen sharply from the end of January and the beginning of February, when ICU totals hovered around 90 and the number of fans came above 60.

The following is a breakdown of COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health on February 28:

  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 247 (-21)
  • Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under study): 6 (-1)
  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 30 (+2)
  • Total emissions of COVID-19: 35 (-15)
  • COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit: 52 (+2)
  • COVID-19 respirator patients: 37 (+3)
  • Pediatric patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 3 (-1)

Ballad Health used state-reported data to establish that there have been 127 COVID-19-related deaths in its area across northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia within the past seven days.

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