Greenbrier County well being officers fear as native hospital is at full capability with Covid sufferers.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — The Greenbrier County Board of Public Well being is frightened as Covid instances within the county proceed to rise. The board known as an emergency assembly Friday after which addressed reporters because the scenario indicating the scenario has change into important.
County Commissioner Lowell Rose, who additionally serves as chairman of the native well being board, stated the native hospital is now full and about to place out the “no emptiness” signal.
“The beds are fairly nicely stuffed up and we don’t need to get right into a scenario the place we’re having to divert individuals from the Greenbrier Valley Medical Heart to different locations,” stated Rose.
Rose stated different emergencies might be made worse by all hospital beds full of Covid sufferers. He added making issues worse is the closest hospitals like Beckley ARH and different services the place they might usually divert sufferers are experiencing comparable capability issues.
Rose stated including beds isn’t the reply both.
“Physicians, nurses, and employees are worn out. We simply don’t have sufficient employees to extend the scale in the event that they had been to open up one other facility we simply don’t have the employees for it,” he stated.
The Greenbrier County Well being Division and the Greenbrier County Fee are encouraging all residents to get vaccinated in opposition to Covid 19 now that the Pfizer vaccine has been licensed by the FDA. They’re additionally recommending carrying masks in all public locations.
“I don’t suppose the county fee has an urge for food for mandates for masks or vaccination, however we’re asking individuals to rethink in the event that they haven’t gotten a shot to get their photographs,” he stated.