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COVID Surge Updates to Resume from Hunt Regional Healthcare

 Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Texas
Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Texas

On the afternoon of January 6, 2022, communications from Hunt Regional Healthcare to area media specific to the omicron variant surge of COVID-19 restarted.

The information was shared by new Hunt Regional CEO Lee Boles, who indicated that these updates would be shared weekly, except in the case where there is new or urgent updates warranting a change in frequency.

Today's update from contained the following:

"As of today there are a total of 157 patients admitted at Hunt Regional Medical Center. Thirty-four of these patients are COVID positive. Of the 34 COVID positive patients, 3 are in the ICU and one of those is on a ventilator. We have 8 patients holding in the Greenville ER for inpatient beds and no patient holds today at the ERs in Commerce or Quinlan.

Our Hunt Regional Medical Center Post Anesthesia Care Unit has been converted back to an inpatient care area, as we did during the previous COVID surge, and we have seven patients being treated in this area. Our Surgery Committee is constantly monitoring the situation to determine if surgeries should be halted due to a lack of space for patient recovery.

So far it seems the patients admitted with COVID are not as severely ill as with the previous COVID variants. In addition, the patient length of stay is less than we saw last fall as well.

You may have seen on the news that the monoclonal antibody infusions used to treat the previous COVID variants are not effective against the Omicron variant. We have requested Sotrovimab, which is the only antibody shown to be effective against the omicron variant, but have not yet received any. Due to this lack of the appropriate supply, we are unable to accept any referrals for COVID antibody infusions.

COVID testing is in high demand. If you need testing this is available throughout the county at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, as well as our Lab Solutions main office in Greenville, the VA Clinic and Raffa Clinic, also in Greenville."

Media organizations use information from these COVID Surge Updates to inform the public about the latest relevant information.

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