Wednesday, April 14

Maryland Takes Action Against Increase in Coronavirus Cases and Hospitalizations

USA. Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday that the state is taking steps to address a looming shortage of hospital beds and an even more severe shortage of doctors and nurses to staff them as the region prepares for a surge in the coronavirus. wintry.

Maryland has 1,583 people in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus, the highest number the state has seen since early May. The rising number comes as public health experts raise the alarm that the situation is expected to worsen.

In recent weeks, Maryland has seen an increase in hospitalizations and the positivity rate for the coronavirus test. The seven-day average has risen to 7.33 percent, driven in part by an increase in rural areas of the state. Somerset County, on the east coast, has a test positivity rate of nearly 20 percent, while Garrett and Allegany counties, in western Maryland, approach 15 percent.

The seven-day average number of new cases in Maryland, Virginia and the District on Tuesday was 4,775 infections, down slightly from a high of 4,989 recorded on Thanksgiving.

Hogan said Tuesday that the state Department of Health is working with the Maryland Hospital Association to recruit medical and support staff at state hospitals. The facility needs staff to provide screening, testing and treatment for coronavirus patients.

The state is also asking colleges to award academic credit to students who wish to work in hospitals during the pandemic and to allow graduating students to receive early licensing, the governor said.

A report from the Maryland Department of Health last week showed the dire direction the state is heading. It found enough staff for 1,846 beds for coronavirus patients, and more than 85 percent of those beds were occupied.

Hogan asked hospitals to come up with a “patient augmentation” plan, including a detailed strategy to increase hospital bed and staff capacity. Plans must be received by the state Department of Health by December 8.

3,500 patients in Maryland, Virginia and DC were hospitalized with the coronavirus Tuesday, up from 1,636 the previous month. The number of virus-related deaths has also risen in the Washington metropolitan region, with an average of seven days of 45 new deaths a day to start the month, compared to 20 on Nov. 1.

The state also requires hospitals to expand staffed bed capacity by 10 percent within seven days if 1,000 patients are hospitalized statewide. As of Monday, there were a total of 6,780 patients in state hospitals.

Text taken and translated from The Washington Post

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