“Great demand” on Southeast Health’s emergency department capacity as COVID-19 patients increase Sunday

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) —  Southeast Health reported an uptick in patients in the hospital’s emergency department Sunday, with many of those patients arriving with COVID-19 symptoms.

The hospital’s emergency department has “seen an increase in the number of patients seeking care for COVID-19,” Mark Stewart, Director of Public Relations, told WDHN News.

“These patients coupled with a high volume of patients seeking care for routine health conditions has put great demand on emergency department capacity.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported a “high” overall community transmission for all Wiregrass counties Sunday. In Houston County, ADPH’s dashboard reported 399.5 new cases per 100,000 individuals in the past seven days with a 29.5% positivity rate of the NAAT, a diagnostic test for COVID-19, given to patients suspected of having the virus.

Dale County reported 549.1 new cases per 100,000 people, the highest seven-day community spread indicator in the Wiregrass. Coffee County reported 517.7 new cases per 100,000 individuals in the past seven days using the same criteria.

The state reported 1,371 hospitalizations due to COVID-19-related issues Sunday. The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 was 204 on July 1, marking a dramatic rise in people requiring medical attention during the past month as the highly-contagious delta variant spreads across the state.

Southeast Health reported 69 hospitalizations Sunday afternoon, an increase of six since Saturday.

Although more patients are heading to the hospital suffering from COVID-19 complications, Southeast Health officials do not want patients to put off urgent medical care.

“Southeast Health reminds patients not to delay seeking care in an emergency situation,” Stewart said.

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