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Local COVID hospitalizations decrease again


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The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in local facilities declined for the third week, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The hospital utilization report released Monday that covers Dec. 25 to Dec. 31 indicated that the number of adults with confirmed COVID cases hospitalized at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital dropped by 33 to a total of 147.

Eastern had 115 COVID patients in adult inpatient beds, while Lovelace had 32.

Meanwhile, the number of adult COVID patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds decreased by 25 compared to the previous week, to a total of 54. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center had 41 COVID ICU patients, while Lovelace had 13.

There were no pediatric COVID patients at either hospital for that seven-day period, the report indicates.

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Those totals mean that COVID patients occupied about 26.6% of the two hospitals’ adult inpatient beds and 45.4% of their ICU beds for that week.

The bed use numbers are an improvement over recent weeks.

From Dec. 18 to Dec. 24, the two hospitals had 180 adult COVID patients (138 at Eastern and 42 at Lovelace) and 79 COVID patients in ICU beds (64 at Eastern and 15 at Lovelace).

For the seven-day period of Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, 152 adult COVID patients were reported at ENMMC and 49 at Lovelace, for a total of 201. ICU bed use by COVID-19 patients at the two facilities for that period was 84 — 60 at ENMMC and 24 at Lovelace.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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