BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - It has usually taken 4 to 14 days before people exposed to COVID-19 need hospital care due to worsened conditions.
“Probably a lot of what we’re seeing right now isn’t because of Thanksgiving yet. But we anticipate those volumes will probably continue going up due to Thanksgiving gatherings,” according to Andy North, VP of Marketing and Communications for the DCH Health System.
On Monday DCH reported 91 patients there needed care for coronavirus. That’s the most reported at the hospital since August 5th. Tuesday, several of those patients were discharged.
“Fortunately today, as of this morning, our numbers have started to go back down. We were able to discharge a few of those patients that were well enough to leave. So we’re at about 84 COVID positive patients,” North continued.
North also said doctors consider several factors before deciding if it’s safe for COVID-19 patients to continue recovering at home.
It starts with how well a patient can function on their own.
“Has the fever come down. Are they able to breathe at a good level. Are their oxygen levels good. So all of that contributes as to whether the patient is well enough to go home,” North explained.
The hospital has plans to change some current patient rooms into rooms designed specifically for coronavirus cases. Many of those rooms housed people with COVID before and can be returned to negative pressure rooms again by plugging filter systems in through windows.