Hospitals across Iowa are starting to fill up as more people are hospitalized due to COVID-19.
In a special statement released Tuesday, Regional Medical Center CEO Charlie Button says healthcare facilities in the area, including RMC, are running at near capacity or are at full capacity. There are currently nine Delaware County residents hospitalized due to COVID – that number has stayed fairly steady over the past several weeks.
In Linn County, 76 people are hospitalized, while Dubuque County has 43 hospitalizations. Buchanan, Clayton and Jones counties each have 15 people hospitalized and there are 13 people hospitalized in Fayette County. Statewide, over 1,100 people in the hospital with COVID.
Button says RMC providers and staff are continuing to work extremely hard, but they are wearing down. Regional Medical Center will continue to monitor the surge, but they may need to adjust some of their elective services as necessary.
Governor Reynolds also announced Tuesday that hospital staffing is becoming a challenge and it may soon impact Iowans who need care – for COVID or otherwise.