Elective surgeries begin again as coronavirus cases decline
Optimism is growing as the numbers continue to go down, while the decline is also creating changes inside local hospitals.
in the Confederacy. >>> Tonight news we have been waiting for for more than a year now. We are seeing the daily number of COVID-19 cases under 1000, now 985. The trajectory going in the right direction. We are live at wake med. Some real excitement after Julian. >> Reporter: Joe, there is a lot of optimism. As those COVID-19 number start to do this, go down as you see right here. Look at that arrow. It is creating some changes in the hospital. COVID numbers are down and people are talking about you. >> It is exciting. I will like people not to die. >> Reporter: Our daily new case average under 1000. And we have not been that low since June 5, 2020. >> We are excited in the hospital the numbers are going down. >> Reporter: We talked with medical officers and we thought of the drop in numbers has created changes in elective surgeries that work tabled at the height of the pandemic. >> We are back to our pre-COVID numbers. We are accommodating all of our surgical procedures. >> Reporter: Valuable space has been freed up in hospitals. >> We have had to care for fewer patients. And so areas that had COVID pages previously, now can cure for more patients WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS. >> Reporter: THE STRESS ON MANY HOSPITALS IS BEGINNING TO EASE. WITH IF YOU LOOK ACROSS OUR HEALTH SYSTEM AND CERTAINLY OTHER HEALTH SYSTEMS, THE TREMENDOUS PRESSURE OF THE LAST 15 MONTHS IS CERTAINLY BEGINNING TO RELEASE. AS WE BEGAN REALLY LOOKING TOWARDS THIS MORE POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE. >> Reporter: EVEN THOUGH HEALTHCARE WORKERS MAY BE GETTING A BREAK FROM THE COVID UNIT, PEOPLE WHO PUT OFF HEALTH CONCERNS DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC ARE NOW STARTING TO SHOW UP. >> SOME OF IT IS CARE THAT HAS BEEN DELAYED MORE BECAUSE OF COVID. WHERE PEOPLE WERE NOT GOING TO SEE THE PHYSICIANS. AND I KNOW URGENT HERE VOLUMES WERE DOWN. SOME OF IT IS GROWTH. PEOPLE MOVING INTO THE AREA. >> Reporter: AS THOSE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO GO DOWN, THE WORKLOAD CONTINUES. I FOUND OUT THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HOSPITALS AREAS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE FACING NURSING SHORTAGES AND THEY WANT TO FEEL THE POSITIONS AS EARLY AS