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EAMC sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

EAMC employees warning of third COVID-19 peak as hospitalizations increase
EAMC employees warning of third COVID-19 peak as hospitalizations increase((Source: WTVM))
Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:33 PM CST
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OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - The East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) and EMAC-Lanier are seeing new record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations again.

According to the most recent data provided by EAMC, as of Wednesday morning, EAMC and EAMC-Lanier were collectively caring for 80 patients with the virus, which is 30 more than the number of COVID-19 patients on Christmas. Ventilator use has also increased.

Officials said there are 20 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, which is the highest it’s been since April.

“Of the 257 patients hospitalized this morning, 80 of them were battling COVID-19; that’s nearly one-third of our total patient census” stated John Atkinson, EAMC spokesman.

The emergency departments at each campus have seen their daily patient load increase significantly in the past week with half of the visits being COVID-19 related.

Over the past week, we have averaged about 136 patients a day in the Opelika campus ED and conducted an average of 63 COVID tests a day,” stated Atkinson. “About 23 percent have been positive.”

EAMC’s emergency services team set up care areas outside the building to accommodate the influx of patients as resources and space are becoming more limited. Visitation in the emergency department is limited to one person per patient and no visitors are allowed in the waiting areas. Visitors will be notified by phone when they’re able to join their patents in an emergency department room or care area.

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