AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — During today’s City of Amarillo COVID-19 briefing, local hospitals gave updates on their current patient numbers.
According to Dr. Brian Weis from Northwest Texas, they currently have 18 positive cases. Eight of those cases are in the ICU and two are on ventilators.
Chief Medical Officer for BSA, Dr. Michael Lamanteer said they have 27 COVID-positive patients in house. 10 are in the ICU and three are on ventilators.
Amarillo Veteran Affairs said its hospital has two positive patients and one in the ICU. 14 positive cases are being monitored at home.
Doctors want to remind everyone to follow the recommended guidelines to mitigate this disease.
BSA and Northwest said more staff members are calling in with possible COVID-19 exposure.
When staff think they might have been exposed to the virus, they have to stay home and quarantine, meaning there are fewer nurses to look after hospital patients.
Dr. Weis said Northwest has seen more nurses reporting symptoms or exposures in the community.
“If you look around the state, most of these hospitals are saying, ‘We’re in good shape with PPE, we’re in good shape with beds, we’re not in good shape with staff,’ and that is our biggest threat is to have our staff members quarantined due to exposure, particularly in the community to this virus. So everything is, unfortunately, moving in the wrong direction in that respect,” said Dr. Weis.
Dr. Lamanteer said BSA has had similar community exposures with staff, even after taking precautions to avoid it.
He urges people to get tested immediately if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Watch the City of Amarillo’s latest update on the coronavirus pandemic in Potter and Randall County above.
(This table reflects the cases on the High Plains as of 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2020.)
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