Hospital stress decreases as COVID-19 cases decrease in Lancaster County
Hospital stress decreases as COVID-19 cases decrease in Lancaster County

Hospital stress decreases as COVID-19 cases decrease in Lancaster County

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLON) – In Lancaster County, COVID-19 admissions have been at their lowest since August last year. On Wednesday, Bryan Health and CHI Health reported fewer than 60 patients combined.

With the decline in COVID-19 cases follows hospitalizations. The number of patients across the county fell by 60% in the last month, after peaking at nearly 150 at the end of January.

“I think it’s the first time in the last two weeks, certainly close to a year now, that we’re been able to take a breather with the staff,” said Derek Vance, president of CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

Heath Director Pat Lopez said weekly COVID-19 cases have generally fallen 47% in the last week. The weekly figures went from 810 on 11 February to 432 on 18 February.

These improvements have moved the county risk disc to low orange. This is the lowest it has been since November last year.

“We are on the right track and continue to see significant improvements,” Lopez said. “The pandemic is not over, but every week we make progress and make our community a better place.”

The same progress is happening throughout the state.

There are currently about 375 COVID-19 patients in Nebraska’s hospitals, the lowest number since October last year.

“It’s really dropped significantly over the last two weeks and fast,” Vance said.

At CHI Health St. Elizabeth’s admissions are now less than half of what they were last month. The hospital reported 26 patients on January 20th. On Wednesday, they only had 11.

“It’s amazing how a change in an illness can really just allow for some extra room for movement and breathing in the hospital,” Vance said.

Lopez said at home COVID-19 test kits are available at the health department that county residents can pick up.

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