Spike in COVID cases leaves Triangle hospitals scrambling, causing burnout among staff
WakeMed is approaching 200 COVID-19 patients with about 90 percent of them unvaccinated. Leaders said some COVID patients are getting treatment at home with the hospital reaching capacity.
DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF ALL OF THIS. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. JUST TO GIVE YOU SOME PERSPECTIVE. WE ARE LEARNING THAT WAKEMED IS RECEIVING ABOUT 200 COVID PATIENTS. ABOUT 90% OF THEM VACCINATED FOR THIS VIRUS. COVID PATIENTS GETTING TREATMENT AT HOME. BUT WE ALSO HEARD FROM SPEAKERS FROM DUKE HEALTH, AND WAKE COUNTY E.M.S. THAT TOOK PART IN THIS CONVERSATION. THEY SAY WITH WAKE COUNTY BEING ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING IN THE REGION. GIVING STAFF MORE TO CARE FOR. CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER SAID WITH THE FLU SEASON AND THE PANDEMIC, THEY DID NOT GET A BREAK. THEY ARE TREATING BECAUSE OF THE SURGE. >> WE'RE BUSIER. OUR PATIENTS ARE A LITTLE SICKER. AND OFTENTIMES, VERY SICK. AND OUR STAFF IS WORKING HARDER. AND OUR LOBBIES ARE FULL. OUR WAIT TIMES ARE HIGHER THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN AT DUKE RALEIGH. I'M SURE OTHER HOSPITALS CAN AGREE TO THAT AS WELL. AND IT'S CREATING A GREAT DEAL OF STRESS AND FRUSTRATION. >>> AND ONE THING TO ASK. THEY'RE ASKING ANYONE WITH AN ILLNESS TO CONSIDER GOING TO A