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Washington hospitals in ‘worst situation’ yet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic: WSHA

Washington hospitals in 'worst situation' yet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic: WSHA

hospitals in Washington State are in their “worst situation” since the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to the Washington State Hospital Association.

“This is the worst state hospitals have found in Washington state compared to any previous point during the pandemic,” said Taya Briley, RN, executive vice president of the Washington State Hospital Association. “We are experiencing a crisis in our medical system and unfortunately we have just now reached 1 million Washingtonians infected with COVID-19.”

Hospitals have halted non-emergency procedures, she said.

Briley said there was a significant shortage of staff and hospital beds. She said hospitals care for hundreds of patients who don’t need to be there, but in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities, or at home with home care support.

If those patients moved, she said, hospitals would have enough staff and space to manage the rise in cases involving existing hospital resources.

Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah joined FOX 13 Morning News on Thursday to discuss the impact of the ommicron variant:

Briley called on the state to address several issues, including assessing patients more quickly, paying nursing homes more so they can retain staff, and possibly deploying the Washington National Guard to perform non-clinical work.

She also said the “significant majority” of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated or have only one shot, and very few are getting a boost.

Gov. Jay Inslee had scheduled a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Watch it live here and in the player below:

Latest COVID-19 Data in Washington State:

  • The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 averaged 1,800 last week, just surpassing the previous record of 1,700 in September 2021.
  • Briley said there was a… 65% increase in COVID cases in the past week, an average of 226 new COVID hospitalizations per day and 12-20 COVID deaths in the past week.
  • Of those in hospital, the average number of ventilator patients had increased by 16% to 149 patients.
  • Western Washington is currently experiencing the uptick, but Eastern Washington is expected to see a rebound soon

Increase in vaccine breakthrough cases

The Washington State Department of Health reported an increase in the “vaccine breakthrough” cases, as ommicron is causing a spike in overall COVID-19 cases statewide.

According to the data dashboard, current reporting shows a 43% increase in the number of breakthrough cases. There have been 123,365 cases of vaccine breakthrough between January 17, 2021 and January 1, 2022. The majority of individuals with confirmed breakthrough cases experience mild or no symptoms. At least 3% of them were hospitalized.

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State officials said these cases make up about 2.5% of the vaccinated population. More than 4.8 million people in Washington state are aware of their COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the state, “A person is considered to have a vaccine breakthrough if he tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test or antigen test and takes his last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine more than two weeks prior to testing positive. has got. Additional studies help us better understand clinical and outbreak information when vaccine breakthroughs occur.”

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