- Sep 29, 2020
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The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is seeing its largest numbers of Covid and non-Covid related patients since the pandemic began, testing emergency room capacity as cases spike on-Island during the peak of summer.
Its Emergency Room Jammed, Hospital Feels Impact of Case SpikeThe Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is seeing its largest numbers of Covid and non-Covid related patients since the pandemic began, testing emergency room capacity as cases spike on-Island during the peak of summer.
In a press briefing Wednesday morning, hospital officials also said they would be reaching out to a small number of Islanders who have become eligible for a Covid-19 booster shot, with the federal government soon set to authorize third vaccination shots for the broader public.
Meanwhile, the hospital currently has three patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and a fourth patient under investigation showing Covid-like symptoms. A fifth Covid-positive patient was critically airlifted to Boston last week, hospital officials said during the media briefing Wednesday morning.
According to head of hospital operations and chief nurse Clair Seguin, one of the hospitalized patients is in serious condition, two are in fair condition and one is in good condition. The airlifted patient was in critical condition, Ms. Seguin said.
“This is the highest amount of Covid-positive patient activity that we’ve had since the onset of the pandemic,” Ms. Seguin said at the briefing.
The sharp rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations comes as the Island has seen a dramatic increase in case numbers throughout August. Health officials reported 87 new positive PCR tests last week, as well as a handful of positive over-the-counter Covid tests.