Hospitals in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Missouri, California and Arkansas are feeling the crisis again. And while we are all exhausted from the pandemic, think about the mindset of tired health workers who have been trying to save lives for 18 months.

Florida Health News:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital: No visitors as of Monday due to the wave of COVID

Sarasota Memorial Hospital will implement a no-visit policy on Monday to protect patients and staff from rising cases of COVID-19. “We know how important visitor support is to our patients, but these new restrictions are there to protect everyone,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Fiorica on Friday. (Glenn, 8/1)

Houston Chronicle:
Hospitals in the Houston area are rolling back visitor policies and considering other changes amid fourth wave of COVID

Local hospitals are limiting admissions and considering reintroducing other policies for pandemic spikes amid a new wave of COVID-19 cases. And while no hospitals in the area are yet offering limited elective surgery, there are some concerns that hospitals may be overwhelmed by an influx of COVID-19 patients and others seeking medical care that postponed during the height of the pandemic became. More than 5,600 Texans are currently hospitalized for COVID, and the state recorded an additional 10,082 confirmed cases on Wednesday – the highest daily number for either metric since February, according to a Chronicle analysis of state health data. (Downen, 8/1)

Mississippi Clarion Ledger:
UMMC, other hospitals in the Jackson area are out of bed as COVID-19 cases rise

As the Delta variant ravages the state, patients wait in the hallways of Mississippi’s largest hospital while staff scramble to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases that require hospitalization. All 92 beds in the intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the largest in the state, are occupied. The hospital’s emergency department is overwhelmed and doctors and nurses work around the clock to bring sick patients to hospital rooms. “There are simply not enough nurses, doctors and hospital beds to handle the cases that this wave is causing,” said Jonathan Wilson, UMMC’s chief administrative officer. (Sanderlin, July 30th)

Las Vegas Review Journal:
Las Vegas hospitals are filling up with COVID patients – again

Hospitals across the Las Vegas Valley are once again trying to treat the rising number of COVID-19 cases, only this time they face new challenges that are contributing to record patient numbers. “The hospitals are very, very busy,” said Mason Van Houweling, CEO of the University Medical Center and future chairman of the Nevada Hospital Association. “Hospitals have seen record numbers, record volumes that they have never seen in their history.” (Hynes and Scott Davidson, 7/30)

AP:
Missouri Hospital Treats Record Number of Virus Patients

A Springfield hospital hit a “sad new record” on Sunday as the number of coronavirus patients it cared rose to 187, an administrator said. CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards urged residents on Twitter to get vaccinated “to protect others, to protect children, to protect our community”. (8/1)

AP:
Texas Health Systems is feeling the crisis of the latest wave of COVID

The COVID-19 resurgence in Texas has put health systems in some cities in dire straits as intensive care beds fill up, officials say. In Austin, the health department announced that only nine intensive care beds were available on Friday in the 11-county trauma service region that includes the city and serves 2.3 million people. (8/1)

The New York Times:
A new take on a Santa Monica I.C.U.

Los Angeles County is seeing more than 2,500 new cases every day, and hospital admissions and deaths are increasing among the unvaccinated. Even in affluent Santa Monica, where roughly 80 percent of the population is now vaccinated, dozens of people test positive for the virus every day, and hospitals like Saint John’s – a 266-bed facility that usually serves the normal needs of beach communities in the United States Surroundings cover it – are flooded again. (Kosofsky and Hubler, 8/1)

AP:
Doctors in Arkansas, nurses brought to the break by COVID

Some Arkansas doctors and nurses say they are dealing with burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder after more than a year battling the coronavirus pandemic, including a new wave of cases involving younger patients. Dr. Kathy Parnell, an internal medicine specialist at Little Rock Baptist Health Medical Center, told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that she had cried every day for the past week because she was losing young patients. (8/1)

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