Self Regional Healthcare continues to have an activated Command Center with 24/7 coverage to meet the challenges of this global, state and community COVID-19 Pandemic. We are collaborating daily with the South Carolina Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, SCDHEC, and Greenwood County Emergency Preparedness to stay abreast of the latest information to assure we make timely, informed decisions.
As of today, here at the hospital we currently have 44 inpatients who are COVID-positive, and 5 inpatients who are PUI (person under investigation) and awaiting test results. Since the pandemic began we’ve had 168 COVID admissions and 13 COVID-related deaths.
In terms of hospital capacity, we are confident that our dedicated and talented team can meet the growing health care needs of our community, despite the increase in case numbers. Like every other hospital, we experience fluctuating census throughout the day. In recent weeks we have reported that our ICU has filled, but even if a unit (like ICU) is full at one point in the day, that does not mean that the unit remains full. Patients get admitted, discharged and transferred to other units in our hospital as patient needs change throughout every day.
We continually monitor census in every unit throughout the hospital, allocating staffing, resources and supplies to meet patient demand. In the event of a surge of patients (COVID, or otherwise) we have identified space, equipment, supplies and staffing plans to meet that increased need for beds. We have bed capacity in the hospital and can convert additional beds to meet the medical, telemetry and critical care needs of all patients.
We want everyone in the community that we serve to know that, though these are challenging and unprecedented circumstances, the physicians, nurses and team members here at Self Regional Healthcare remain committed as ever to meeting the healthcare needs of you and your loved ones. We implore you all to follow the guidance of the CDC, SCDHEC and other public health agencies and wear a face covering when you are in public, and diligently practice social distancing and hand hygiene. These simple efforts, if practiced universally throughout our service area, could significantly slow the spread of COVID infection in our population. Remember: my mask protects you, your mask protects me!
Be safe. We will get through this together.