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Hunt Regional: Travel Nurses To Arrive In August, 56 of 57 COVID Patients Unvaccinated

As of midday on Aug. 13, Hunt Regional had 12 patients in the emergency room awaiting available beds.
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As of midday on Aug. 13, Hunt Regional had 12 patients in the emergency room awaiting available beds.

Greenville-based Hunt Regional Healthcare operates Hunt Regional Medical Center, the hospital in Greenville, along with other medical facilities in the county. On Friday, Aug. 13, Hunt Regional Healthcare published, along with the graphic displayed above, the following release:

Hunt Regional is expecting an additional 20 traveler nurses on Monday, August 16, then another 20 on Monday, August 23.  Once the traveler nurses on August 23 have been oriented, which will take about a week, our expectation is we will then be able to reopen Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce.

The state has approved staffing support to our area.  More than 700 nurses will be deployed to our regional, which includes Dallas and Collin Counties.  We have made requests for additional staffing and hope to hear next week how many might be allocated to Hunt Regional.

On August 12, the FDA updated the emergency authorizations for both Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines to allow for a third dose for immunocompromised people.  The update applies to solid organ transplant recipients or people who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have the same level of immunocompromise.  The third dose is to be given at least 28 days after the second dose.  The CDC is set to meet today to discuss clinical recommendations for the booster dose.  We will update with more details as they become available.

If you are interested in getting a first and second dose, you can schedule an appointment online at our Urgent Care Center at this link https://hrmedpartners.org/covid-vaccine-information/.

Local pharmacies and CareVide may also be able to provide the vaccine.