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Enloe Medical Center seeing record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Enloe Medical Center is seeing a surge in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, they say the majority of patients are not fully vaccinated.

Posted: Sep 24, 2021 5:01 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2021 5:02 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Enloe Medical Center is seeing a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

Hospital officials say the majority of the patients are not fully vaccinated.

Right now the hospital says there are 86 COVID-19 patients. 76% of them are not fully vaccinated. 16 patients are in the ICU, 12 of them are on ventilators.

Action News Now spoke with Enloe Medical Center CEO, Mike Wiltermood who says the trend is alarming.

“The Delta Variant is extremely contagious and it’s causing a lot of harm," said Wiltermood. "The biggest concern we have is the strain it’s putting in the system and the people putting their heart and soul into the community, they're doing a great job but there's a breaking point,” said Wiltermood.

“It’s a preventable disease. There's no reason for this at this point,” said Boswell Jones, who lives in Chico. 

As coronavirus cases keep climbing at Enloe, Jones says he's frustrated that some are still choosing not to get the coronavirus shot.
“A year ago, there wasn't a way of preventing it and now there is,” added Jones.

A year ago during this time, the hospital was caring for 12 COVID-19 patients, this year there are 86.

“As these variants come, it becomes more critical that everyone go and get vaccinated,” added Jones. 

Enloe says with this record number of hospitalizations, their surge plan is still in effect.

Wiltermood says the surge has caused them to cancel or postpone all elective procedures until further notice.

He adds they had reduced all elective procedures by 40% but this week they cancelled or postponed them.

They will reevaluate next week to see if they will be able to offer them or not.

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