Dr. Bridgett Morrison, well being officer for Greenbrier County, is “begging” folks to put on a masks and get vaccinated, saying, “Our hospital is at capability.”
Throughout a press convention on Friday simply outdoors the entrance doorways of the county well being division workplaces in Rainelle, Morrison stated that the unrelenting spike in Covid instances is hitting her county laborious.
Greenbrier County’s an infection fee is among the many highest within the state, having checked in at a fee of 110.04 instances per 100,000 on Friday, after which climbing increased on Saturday to 116.22.
On Aug. 27, one week in the past Friday, the county’s fee was 82.84.
Simply subsequent door in Monroe County, the speed was 129.67 on Saturday.
Morrison stated that she was issuing “a determined plea” for Greenbrier residents to return collectively and do what’s finest for the neighborhood.
“Greenbrier County is so well-known for standing up and doing the precise factor,” she stated. “Take a look at the flood of 2016. We stood up and we helped one another. Why can’t we do this now?”
In response to the Division of Well being and Human Sources (DHHR), energetic instances in West Virginia climbed to twenty,102 on Saturday, up from 15,663 one week in the past and up from 3,108 one month in the past.
Hospitalizations within the state reached 709 on Saturday, nonetheless off the excessive of 818 final Jan. 5, however up from 52 on July 4.
“So how does that have an effect on everybody else?” Morrison stated. “There won’t be sufficient beds. And there will not be sufficient suppliers.
“And that’s not simply right here regionally.”
Morrison urged folks “to take a look at the statistics. Take a look at the hospitalizations. What you might be seeing is Covid.”
“I can inform you that as of this morning,” Morrison stated, “the hospital depend for Covid infections (in Greenbrier County) supercedes any that we had within the surge within the fall and winter.”
She intimated that politics could also be partly responsible.
“Everybody needs to debate all the pieces,” she stated.
“You’ll be able to’t deny these information,” she stated. “This isn’t propaganda. This isn’t concern methods. This isn’t concern ways. This isn’t politics.
“That is what we’re seeing,” Morrison stated. “It’s goal knowledge.”
Morrison had taken her marketing campaign to the county well being division’s Fb web page on Thursday, writing, “Our hospital, regional hospitals, and all hospitals all through the nation are at capability.
“Which means that anybody concerned in an accident or has a non-Covid-19 associated emergency, along with Covid-19 infections, are going to undergo as a result of there may be not sufficient beds and/or suppliers accessible to supply correct care,” she wrote.
On the Friday press convention, she stated, “It’s not simply Covid,” that hospitals are coping with. “It’s coronary heart assaults. It’s the trauma. It’s the strokes. It’s all the pieces else.”
Morrison is “strongly” recommending that everybody put on a masks whereas indoors, restrict giant gatherings, and get vaccinated.
“As of at present,” Morrison wrote on the division’s Fb put up, “we now have had 159 breakthrough instances of individuals which are totally vaccinated leading to just one dying (over the age of 60).
“There isn’t any denying that the vaccines are working to forestall and/or reduce severity of sickness. Please base your opinions on true science and evidence-based follow.
“This isn’t a political assertion or platform,” Morrison wrote. “That is strictly about public well being and holding one another protected.”
She nailed the purpose once more on the press convention.
The efficacy of the vaccines and masks sporting are “confirmed,” she stated.
“Folks want to begin trying on the stats, trying and following the science. You want to begin following what’s evidence-based and take a look at respected sources.”
Statewide Covid-19 instances jumped by greater than 4,000 on Thursday and Friday, in keeping with the DHHR.
In Greenbrier County, the numbers are overwhelming the well being division employees to the purpose that it can not successfully hint infections.
The identical is true across the state, stated State Well being Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad throughout Gov. Jim Justice’s Covid-19 press briefing afterward Friday.
“West Virginia is experiencing excessive charges of neighborhood Covid transmission, and in consequence it’s placing pressure assets on the well being departments for contact tracing and case investigations,” Amjad stated.
Amjad, who additionally serves as commissioner of the DHHR Bureau for Public Well being, stated contact tracers will solely contact somebody in the event that they take a look at optimistic for the illness.
“We’re not having sufficient employees to contact everybody who may be outdoors of your workforce and issues like that,” Amjad stated. “So when you’re optimistic, we would like you to focus in your family after which we’re asking these folks to suppose again the final two days and in the event that they’ve been round folks at work or some shut contacts to contact these folks for us.”
Morrison shouldn’t be able to difficulty a masks mandate regardless that she stated she is aware of that sporting masks “drastically reduces the unfold of the virus.”
“We’re strongly encouraging, asking, begging in truth” folks to put on a masks and get vaccinated.
“We will make this a mandate. I could make this a mandate,” she stated. “We don’t need to do this.”
Whereas the Greenbrier Valley Medical Heart in Ronceverte has been at capability “the final a number of days,” in keeping with Morrison, she stated Covid admissions are “a minimum of 50 p.c.”
Of the 709 folks hospitalized within the state for Covid, 216 are being handled in intensive care models (the document is 219 set on Jan. 5) and 112 are on ventilator-assisted respiratory, up one from the earlier document set the day earlier than.
The DHHR reported no Covid-related deaths on Saturday.