A Tennessee well being official stated this week that coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths are already on the “important stage” within the state — warning that any post-holiday surge may push the state and already-strapped well being care sources to the brink.
“The subsequent few days and subsequent couple of weeks are going to essentially decide how our hospitals are going to perform over the subsequent month,” Tennessee Division of Well being Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey stated, in accordance with native information outlet News Channel 5.
“Keep in mind, it takes just a few days to get contaminated after you are uncovered, after which it’s going to take between 5 and eight days earlier than hospitalization after which… after you are within the hospital for just a few days, that is whenever you get within the ICU,” Piercey added, noting many hospitals within the state are “utterly overwhelmed by their very own sufferers” and can’t settle for transfers.
She urged Tennesseans to “keep protected” over the vacation season.
To this point, the Volunteer State has reported greater than 530,000 circumstances of COVID-19, with greater than 6,200 fatalities, in accordance with official estimates.
In the meantime, practically 14,000 individuals within the state have been hospitalized as a result of virus, per state health data.