Local hospital capacity remains stable with most COVID-19 patients recovering at home
Hunt Regional Healthcare reports that although cases of COVID-19 have increased in Hunt County, the number of patients requiring hospitalization is low and capacity remains stable.
“We have seen an increase in community person-to-person spread, but the majority of cases do not require treatment at the hospital and are recovering at home,” says Emily Sundeen, DNP, FNP-BC, vice president of quality for Hunt Regional.
The hospital’s infection control department notes that as the infection rate grows, so does the recovery rate and that the deaths reported in Hunt County were among patients with severe comorbidities.
“The majority of the inpatients that we have had have been non-critical, non-ICU patients. Most patients I have spoken to experienced mild flu-like symptoms, such as headaches and body aches, and some without temperature,” said Kristi Saenz, RN, Hunt Regional infection control coordinator.
“Of those hospitalized, most are uncomplicated cases and are in and out within two to three days,” said Saenz.
In the North Texas region alone, 737 ICU beds and 5478 total hospital beds remain available.
Although the state of the COVID-19 pandemic changes daily, Hunt Regional is prepared for multiple possible scenarios. In the event of a surge, measures such as pausing elective surgeries could be taken.
Preparations by Hunt Regional include the conversion of 50 medical-surgical patient rooms to negative pressure rooms to house potential COVID-19 patients, improving testing result times, and ensuring a stable supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“All of our clinical staff members are wearing N95 masks, the recommended respirator level. Additionally, we have secured a stable supply of clinical medications,” said Sundeen.
The most important measure dictating the spread of COVID-19 is the response of Hunt County residents. Hunt Regional encourages staying at home when possible, wearing a mask in public, and practicing proper handwashing. All persons entering a Hunt Regional facility are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.
Anyone experiencing emergency symptoms such as shortness of breath should seek emergency care immediately.