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Jan. 12 Morning Newscast: Hunt Regional Healthcare reports surge in COVID patients

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The Greenville hospital's post-anasthesia unit has been made into a regular inpatient care area to accomodate the number of patients.

  • Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville is back in pandemic mode. A release from Hunt Regional says the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit has been converted back to an inpatient care area, as it was did during the previous COVID surge. As of late yesterday, there were eight COVID patients in the Greenville ER waiting on regular rooms. Consistent with national trends, patients with the omicron variant of COVID are generally less sick and stay in the hospital for a shorter time, compared to people who contracted the delta variant. Hunt Regional has ordered supplies of the antibody shown to be effective against omicron, but that order has not arrived, so Hunt Regional remains unable to accept antibody infusion referrals.
  • In Greenville, COVID testing is available at Lab Solutions, the VA clinic and the Raffa clinic. COVID testing is also available region-wide at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS locations.
  • At Texas A&M University-Commerce, COVID testing is available for students, faculty and staff at the Alumni Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Friday.