DCH Health System Expands COVID-19 Wards to Treat Dramatic Inpatient Increase in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
DCH Regional Health System is expanding its inpatient wards to prepare for the surge of inpatients as the Delta variant spreads rapidly in West Alabama.
Of the 90 inpatients reported at DCH Tuesday, 23 are in the ICU and 10 have been placed on a ventilator. In just two weeks, inpatient numbers have increased six fold, prompting administrators to move patients to expand COVID-19 wards.
Andy North, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at DCH, confirmed the provider's recent adjustments to the Tuscaloosa Thread.
"We have been working to create units again where COVID-19 patients can cohort," North said.
"This is mostly happening at DCH Regional Medical Center but we are caring for COVID-19 patients at all three."
North said the overwhelming majority of COVID patients requiring hospitalization have not been vaccinated against the virus.
"[O]ver 90 percent of the COVID positive patients we have been caring for were not vaccinated," North said.
North stressed that the public needs to know the COVID-19 is safe and effective and that being vaccinated helps to reduce the tremendous strain placed upon providers in West Alabama.
"Everyone who is eligible, should get the vaccine as [...] vaccination will help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and slow the spread of the virus," North said.