LAFAYETTE, Ind. – There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel regarding the pandemic, according to Indiana University Health doctors.
With local COVID-19 positive cases down significantly from the peak of January, elective surgeries and other signs of normality return.
“In all 16 of our hospitals, the number of COVID patients has dropped,” said Dr. Chris Weaver, senior vice president and chief clinical officer of Indiana University Health, during a virtual press conference Tuesday. “… at our peak in this recent increase, we were up over 600 COVID-positive patients across our hospitals as inpatients. I think the number this morning was 256. So it has dropped significantly.”
No acute or elective surgeries were put on hold, but now, with a little more leeway, those surgeries can begin again.
“Looking to the future, we will work our way through some of the backlog for our patients that we have redirected or delayed to non-urgent surgical procedures,” Dr. Mark Luetkemeyer, Vice President and Chief Physician of the Physician. Adult Academic Health Center for Indiana University Health, said. “So as we look towards the next few months, I think we, I expect, will see a continued (decline) in the () COVID count.”
Elective operations, such as earlier explained, includes, but is not limited to, tonsillectomies, hysterectomies, and joint replacements.
The big question the world has been wondering since March 2020 is, when will the pandemic be over? According to Weaver, that time is coming eventually.
“The pandemic will end,” Weaver said, “but COVID will not go away. So yes, we’ll see it go on, whether it’s like the annual flu or how it’s going to play out, I do not think we know. but of course we’re getting through the pandemic that’s been over us, and it’s also true that COVID-19 is not disappearing … we need to figure out how to live with this and. .. learn, year after year, how it is going to affect us going forward. “
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