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With COVID-19 numbers in flux, what’s happening at Delmarva hospitals?

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Stories of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among unvaccinated Americans have been dominating headlines.

The onslaught of the delta variant has taken a growing toll on healthcare nationwide, including on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Here’s what the latest pandemic challenges have meant for the region’s Delaware and Maryland hospital systems:

Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital’s patient numbers have been higher than normal lately, due in part to lengthy COVID-19 hospitalizations.

AGH’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Matthew Morris explained in a statement to Delmarva Now that this change in volume has forced the hospital to cancel some elective surgeries that would have required an overnight stay to ensure safe staffing patterns.

The hospital hasn’t made a decision yet about whether to pause elective surgeries that don’t require overnight admission, while elective surgeries that involve overnight observation remain “under continual review.”

The surgical nursing leadership team reviews cases daily in consultation with surgical staff to determine capacity on the morning of surgery. Most procedures are still being accommodated, according to Morris, but a few have had to be postponed.

Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin

The hospital has opted to notify patients a week in advance about capacity restraints so that they have the choice to reschedule or wait and see if a bed is available on the day of the procedure.

“We have also seen additional volume and sicker patients in our Emergency Department resulting from hospitals in the region being full and volume shifting to us,” Morris wrote.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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