NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- A local hospital is reporting more intensive care (ICU) hospital beds are available for coronavirus patients.
Chief Nursing Officer Heather Reid of New Albany’s Baptist Memorial Hospital explained that at the end of December and through mid-January, the hospital saw a surge: about 25-35 coronavirus patients per day.
Outside Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Photo taken 01-26-21.
However, she said now, they’re seeing about 10-15 per day.
“Over the last 7 or 8 days, we have definitely seen a decline,” Reid said, “We feel like that our surge was created by the holidays. We did see an increase in volume after Thanksgiving, and then of course after Christmas.”
“We are hoping that that Christmas volume is what has kind of leveled off.”
Reid explained the hospital has 8 total ICU beds. Those are the beds patients who need ventilators typically stay in.
“It just requires a lot higher level of care,” Reid said.
She explained that now (January 26), the hospital has 4 of those beds open and unused without anyone waiting to use them.
Reid noted that the bed availability could be temporary, that it’s possible people could fill those beds back up by nighttime.
Going forward, she is hoping this is a sign of bright days ahead.
“We’re hoping that because there are no major holidays coming up, that people will continue to social distance,” Reid said.