LGH saw 35 COVID-19 patients die in August and 26 have died in the first two weeks of September — almost two patients per day, a rate Lewis expects to increase.
“At our worst, we’ve had over 30 in the ER waiting for a hospital bed,” he said. “That is simply not a safe situation. In addition, it limits the care we can give regular patients.”
Wormser stressed people should only seek hospital treatment in the case of a true medical emergency.
Two new mothers are being treated at the hospital for COVID-19, he said, with their newborns testing negative for the disease this morning.
The hospital — which is treating any COVID-19 patients needing ICU care in Centra’s Lynchburg and Farmville coverage area along with patients showing less severe symptoms from around CVHD — is over capacity in terms of standard beds, according to Lewis. That’s led to patients waiting for beds in the emergency room, 14 of them there this morning.
With Lynchburg City Schools also seeing record infection numbers, Superintendent Crystal Edwards said many families have expressed alarm and school employees are struggling to fill vacancies and keep classrooms running.