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Enloe Medical Center seeing a rise in COVID-19 patient admissions

The Enloe Medical Center said it has seen a rise in COVID-19 patient admissions as nine people are in ICU.

Posted: Aug 20, 2021 11:13 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 10:17 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Enloe Medical Center has 49 COVID-19 patients and nine of them are in ICU, according to Enloe Medical Center.

The hospital said eight of the people in ICU are unvaccinated and one person is vaccinated, none of them are on ventilators.

Registered Nurse Joan Pung, right, dawns her isolation gowns in the hallway inside the ICU at Providence St. Jude Medical Center Christmas Day on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Fullerton, CA.

Enloe Medical Center said 14% of coronavirus patients in the hospital are vaccinated.

Of the 49 patients at Enloe Medical Center, six are vaccinated and 43 are unvaccinated.

19.6% of Esplanade inpatient beds are COVID-19 patients. Enloe Medical Center said the peak of hospitalization was at 25% in December. 

The hospital has seen an increase in the percentage of COVID-19 patients who require hospital admission.

“It should concern everyone,” said Steve Kasprzyk, from Chico. “Take one for the team and put this dang COVID fire out and free up some hospital space and for humanity let’s take one for the team.”

Kasprzyk said he's worried he won't be able to get the care he needs if the hospital reaches capacity. Action News Now spoke with Chief Medical Officer for Enloe Hospital, Dr. Marcia Nelson, about the community’s concern.

“We have room for patients but if we get to where we’re having half of our patients with covid we may not have the bed capacity of staff to take care of them,” said Dr. Nelson.

Two weeks ago, the hospital was admitting 2% of people in isolation for COVID-19. Now, it is admitting almost 5% of people in isolation.

The hospital is preparing for admitting 10% of people in isolation.

Dr. Nelson is pleading for everyone in the community to do their part to help stop the spread. 

"Please help us, I’m asking with the most sincere heart, is that people help us help them, and the only way that people can help us is by getting the vaccine or wearing a mask. Also to know we are very safe here at the hospital," said Dr. Nelson.

Butte County Public Health has confirmed 14,607 total COVID-19 cases and reported 85 new cases on Thursday.

The health department says there are 524 people in isolation and 67 hospitalized. Chico has seen a total of 7,758 cases.

About 47.% of Butte County residents who are eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated. 

In July, BCPH said 70.2% of new coronavirus cases were the delta variant.

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