Ballad Health: Increase of patients receiving treatment in ICU

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Ballad Health revealed on Monday that COVID-19 hospitalizations within its 21-county service declined over the weekend, but those receiving care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) increased.

Ten fewer patients are receiving treatment for COVID-19 within the health system’s facilities, but the scorecard is showing an additional seven patients receiving treatment within the ICU.

The hospitalization number is flat from a week ago — when it was 387. That compares with one-week increases of 24% for patients in ICU and 29% for those on ventilators.

The percent of those fully vaccinated in the region remained the same — Ballad Health reported that 40.3% of the population is currently vaccinated against the virus.

Compared to statewide vaccination rates, Ballad’s service area trails behind Tennessee’s rate of 43.2% fully vaccinated and falls short of Virginia’s rate of 58.5%.

Ballad used state-reported data to reveal that there have been 48 COVID-19-related deaths in its 21-county service area in the past seven days.

Over the past two weeks, hospitalized numbers are down 4% but ICU and ventilator patients both have risen more than 50%. The number in ICU has increased from 74 to 112, and the number on ventilators from 54 to 84 — both well above the peaks during the winter surge.

The following is a breakdown of Monday’s COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health:

  • Total number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital: 388 (-10)
  • Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under investigation): 19 (-5)
  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 43 (+8)
  • Total COVID-19 discharges: 45
  • COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 112 (+7)
  • COVID-19 patients on a ventilator: 84 (+9)
  • Pediatric patients in Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 7 (-1)
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 40.3%

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