Ballad Health: COVID-19 hospitalizations remain on decline

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline as of Wednesday, according to Ballad Health officials.

Chief Operating Officer Eric Deaton told News Channel 11 that this marks the fourth week in a row of overall cases dropping in the region.

“The peak hit right at 415 inpatients so it is good that we’ve dropped down to now 224 inpatients, so that’s a great relief and takes some pressure off the overall system,” Deaton said.

According to Deaton, almost all elective surgeries and procedures have resumed at Ballad facilities as the case totals decrease. He said the hospital system’s goal is for the region to have a vaccination rate of 70%. As of Wednesday, it remains at 43.5%.

Ten fewer people are hospitalized in Ballad facilities due to the novel coronavirus, Ballad Health’s Scorecard showed.

This includes a drop of seven patients in the Intensive Care Unit and two fewer people depending on ventilators.

Pediatric patients within Niswonger Children’s Hospital remained the same.

The health system’s 21-county service area has a positivity rate of 16.7%, and the scorecard continues to indicate that the vaccination rates within the service area trail behind statewide rates in Tennessee and Virginia.

The following is data as reported by Ballad Health:

  • Total COVID-19 hospitalizations: 224 (-10)
  • Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under investigation): 9 (-1)
  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 20 (-8)
  • Total COVID-19 discharges: 30 (+2)
  • COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 64 (-7)
  • COVID-19 patients on a ventilator: 56 (-2)
  • Pediatric patients in Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 2
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 43.6% (+0.2)

Ballad Health reported Wednesday that there have been 76 COVID-related deaths in the region in the past seven days.

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