Duke nurse says hospital already seeing 'winter numbers' of patients
Duke Regional Hospital emergency nurse Ashley Wheeler says even a few new coronavirus patients will stress hospital resources because of the large number of people already hospitalized because of the pandemic.
>>> YOU'RE WATCHING COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON WITH WRAL NEWS. >>> AS CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN OUR STATE, WE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE HOSPITALS IN OUR AREA. ASHLEY WHEELER TAKES US INSIDE THE EMERGENCY ROOMS WHERE SHE WORKS AND YOU'LL ONLY SEE IT ON WRAL. >> UNFORTUNATELY THE HOSPITAL IS VERY FULL TODAY AND THERE WERE ALREADY 19 ADMISSIONS IN THE ER STILL WAITING FOR BEDS, SO IT IS GOING TO BE SLOW GOING. OF COURSE WE STILL GET EVERYBODY SEEN FOR THE EMERGENCY STUFF, BUT WE REALLY HAVE TO SORT OUT WHO WE'RE GOING TO SEE AND, UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE HAVE LONG WAIT TIMES. RIGHT NOW IN OUR DEPARTMENT, THERE IS NOT ANY COVID POSITIVE PEOPLE, BUT THERE ARE WITHIN THE HOSPITAL AND NEEDLESS TO SAY IF WE SUDDENLY HAD A BIG SURGE AND TO ME EVEN THREE TO FIVE PATIENTS WITH COVID WOULD BE A BIG SURGE BECAUSE OF THE RESOURCES NEEDED, WE WOULD BE IN A REALLY POOR POSITION, SO I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE KIND OF THE FLAVOR OF THINGS AS WE MOVE INTO WINTER, BECAUSE THESE ARE WINTER NUMBERS WE'RE ALREADY SEEING. >>> ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS THAT JUST CAME OUT IN THE LAST HOUR OR SO, MORE THAN 1100 PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH