A Tennessee well being official stated this week that coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths are already on the “vital stage” within the state — warning that any post-holiday surge might push the state and already-strapped well being care sources to the brink.
“The following few days and subsequent couple of weeks are going to actually decide how our hospitals are going to operate over the following month,” Tennessee Division of Well being Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey stated, in keeping with native information outlet Information Channel 5.
“Keep in mind, it takes a number of days to get contaminated after you are uncovered, after which it can take between 5 and eight days earlier than hospitalization after which… after you are within the hospital for a number of days, that is while you get within the ICU,” Piercey added, noting many hospitals within the state are “fully overwhelmed by their very own sufferers” and can’t settle for transfers.
She urged Tennesseans to “keep secure” over the vacation season.
So far, the Volunteer State has reported greater than 530,000 instances of COVID-19, with greater than 6,200 fatalities, in keeping with official estimates.
In the meantime, almost 14,000 folks within the state have been hospitalized because of the virus, per state well being knowledge.