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Local COVID hospitalizations rise a bit


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Use of local hospital beds for confirmed COVID-19 patients increased by a total of 28 for the seven-day period of Jan. 15 to Jan. 21.

For that time period, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital had a total of 188 beds used for COVID-19 patients in both in-patient and ICU settings. The prior week, the total had been 160.

The newest release on Sunday night of the weekly data report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated that Eastern New Mexico Medical Center had 123 adult in-patient beds used by confirmed COVID-19 cases from Jan. 15 to Jan. 21, while Lovelace had 12. That made a total of 135 COVID-19 in-patient beds used.

Adult ICU beds for COVID-19 patients totaled 53. ENMMC had 46, while Lovelace had seven.

As a result, COVID-19 adult in-patient bed use represented about 24.4% of all the 553 adult in-patient beds available at Roswell’s two main hospitals. Meanwhile, adult ICU bed use by COVID-19 patients was about 44.5% of all 119 adult ICU beds available for the seven days starting Jan. 15.

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Pediatric COVID-19 patients during that timeframe were recorded as zero for Lovelace, and four or fewer for Eastern. In the federal data, four or fewer is denoted by the number -999,999 as a safeguard against possible privacy violations.

Although COVID-19 bed usage is not all that high, total bed usage in the local area remains significant. Dr. David Scrase with the New Mexico Human Services Department and other state public health officials have said that bed use in New Mexico hospitals is often high during the winter months. For Roswell, total ICU bed use for Jan. 15 to Jan. 21 was 99, or 83.2% of the 119 ICU beds available in the area. Total in-patient bed use reached 348, or about 58.5% of all 595 in-patient beds available at the two hospitals.

During the previous week reported from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, Roswell’s two main medical facilities had a total of 37 ICU beds used by confirmed COVID-19 cases (32 at ENMMC and five at Lovelace) and a total of 123 adult in-patient COVID-19 beds used (109 at Eastern and 14 at Lovelace).

From Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, 159 adult in-patient beds were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 cases, 135 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and 24 at Lovelace Regional Hospital. COVID-19 ICU beds used totaled 48; 40 at ENMMC and eight at Lovelace.

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

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