As COVID-19 skyrockets again, Warren General Hospital is making changes.
“Today we re-joined the COVID-19 planning team from Warren General Hospital Weekly and held a meeting at 8:30 am,” according to CEO Rick Allen. “This action and meeting was in response to the rapid increase in the number of hospitalized patients positive for COVID-19 and the high number of outpatients being tested and quarantined by the emergency room and walk-in clinic of the WGH. “
“As of this morning, we have six hospitalized patients positive for COVID-19 in the hospital”, Allen said.
The number of patients was zero to three for months. “Combine this increase in the number of COVID-19 positive patients with our unusually high number of very ill inpatient and outpatient medical / surgical patients and we are facing a very difficult fall and winter,” he said. “The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that every other hospital serving our region is experiencing the same increase in the number of hospital and ambulatory patients positive for COVID-19 and filled with very sick medical / surgical inpatients. “
“This made transfers out of the WGH emergency room very difficult with wait times of over 72 hours,”
To help remedy our situation and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following measures will be taken:
¯ In-person screening will be reinstated at entrances B and F of the hospital. This is to ensure that all are masked and have a temperature below 100.4 degrees F;
?? “No visit and no visitor” the policy will be implemented on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Patients requiring physical or behavioral support, maternity patients (in active delivery) and patients at the end of their life will be entitled to a visitor or a support person;
¯ The wearing of a mask is now compulsory during all meetings in the hospital and during active labor and when walking throughout the hospital;
¯ As of September 7, 2021, the WGH Lab will reinstate the collection and testing of COVID-19 samples behind the wheel from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Patients will need to go through their primary care physician or walk-in clinic to be scheduled;
¯ All WGH surgical patients and medical admissions will need to be tested for COVID-19; and
¯ Staff will be programmed to answer calls from the COVID-19 information line.
Allen strongly encouraged “All staff and doctors at Warren General Hospital and the Warren Medical Group should be vaccinated.”
“We are aware that overall, 83% of recent hospital admissions positive for COVID-19 in the region are unvaccinated people,” he said. “If you are not vaccinated, please consider the benefits and contact your supervisor to schedule the inoculation. “
Likewise, he strongly encouraged the staff “to wear your mask at all times outside the hospital.”
Allen said hospital staff are “Critically low. “ A recruitment effort – particularly for registered nurses – is underway and will continue. “It’s a total effort” Allen said.
“Thank you for your continued dedication and service to members of our community who are in need of medical care and treatment,” Allen told staff in an email Wednesday. “Together, we will get through this pandemic. “
There were eight new cases reported in Warren County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 2,840 cases – the 27 cases reported on Tuesday have been revised to 24. Of those, 2,165 were been confirmed and 675 probable.
A total of 14,508 county residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the department.
The number of COVID-related deaths among county residents remained at 107.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every county in Pennsylvania except Bradford County had a high transmission rate on Wednesday. Bradford County’s rate was “substantial.”