DCH to rural ambulance services: Don’t bring patients unless it’s dire

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

DCH Regional Medical Center is so packed the hospital is asking some rural emergency medical service providers to take patients elsewhere if possible.

Because of an overwhelming number of COVID-19-afflicted inpatients, who often need long hospital stays, DCH doesn’t have enough room or resources for patients who need less intensive care.

DCH Health System Vice President of Marketing and Communications Andy North said Sunday that the hospital will always accept patients in need, but smaller hospitals may be better able to provide services for patients with less serious injuries.

As of Monday afternoon, DCH Health System was treating 113 COVID-19 inpatients. Of those, 22 were being treated in the ICU and 16 were on ventilators. A total of 94 patients were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, while 19 were fully vaccinated. Two fully vaccinated patients were in the ICU, as well as 20 patients who were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

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