BVRMC has admitted over 100 COVID cases to date, still has capacity

Friday, November 20, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is working to respond to a growing number of COVID-19 cases.

“BVRMC will work to comply with the governor’s proclamation Monday night announcing inpatient procedures need to be reduced to 50%,” Katie Schwint, BVRMC Director of Community Development said. “All our employees are pitching in and working together to keep our elective and COVID-19 patients cared for.”

At this time, the Storm Lake hospital reports that it still has capacity to admit COVID-19 patients. “We evaluate on a daily basis the amount of elective surgeries and warn those patients that their procedure can be delayed based on our staffing and COVID-19 patients,” Schwint explains.

The recent uptick of cases in the area hit in the early part of November.

“Since COVID-19 began we have kept approximately 75% of patients needing to be admitted to the hospital and transferred the others needing specialized care to larger facilities,” Schwint said.

“Over 100 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to our inpatient unit. We are a 25-bed critical access hospital, but the state and federal emergency declarations allow us more flexibility in how to deal with fluctuating volumes. The number of COVID-19 patients we can admit varies daily based on the amount of non-COVID patients, such as surgical or obstetrics, and staffing availability.”

The larger hospitals BVRMC typically transfers to also change their capacity on the same factors, Schwint noted. “All hospitals are required to update their capacity daily and the best source to know what is happening in the region is to go to www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.”

The website shows hospitalizations for the northwest Iowa region rising steadily, at over 230 COVID-19 inpatients this week, and around 40 new patients admitted per day.

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