The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hospitals and health care workers particularly hard, prompting Hoptown Chronicle to pay special attention to how COVID-19 has impacted Hopkinsville’s only medical hospital, Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Three of the last four weeks of data show that Jennie Stuart's ratio of COVID-19 patients to total beds was at or above the 20% threshold that puts a hospital under “extreme stress.” For the most recent week available, the ratio of 16%.
The letter, which is signed by Jennie Stuart CEO Eric Lee, Medical Staff President Michael Murray and Medical Group Vice President Keith Toms, pleads with the public to take extra measures to be diligent in the fight against coronavirus in order to avoid a "situation where hospitals are full."
Roughly four of every five people tested at Jennie Stuart Medical Center or its Express Lab are still waiting for results from LabCorp's testing facility in North Carolina. The local hospital will be working with a new lab beginning March 30.
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