Local doctors discuss rise in hospitalizations

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Dr. Larry Wilson, the Chief Medical Officer at Midland Memorial Hospital, said he was surprised to see Trauma Service Area J had surpassed the 15 percent threshold over the weekend.

Looking from the lens of Midland Memorial Hospital, the numbers don’t line up with the spike they are seeing in West Texas.

“That was a little bit of a surprise to me as well because I’m most attentive to what I’m seeing happing in our own hospital and looking at the admission through our emergency department, the number of people we have in house, the test positivity rate that we have through our organization and all of those have been trending positively over the last four or five days,” Dr. Wilson said Tuesday morning.

It began on Jan. 9, when the rate rose to 16 percent. As you might recall, per the Governor’s executive order, if any trauma service area rises above 15 percent for seven days, restrictions are put in place. The area would have to fall under that mark for an additional seven days for restrictions to be lifted.

However, Dr. Rohith Saravanan, Chief Medical Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center said it isn’t a major change as the numbers ebb and flow week-to-week, but it is something to keep in mind in the coming days.

“It’s not a huge spike, but it is still enough to make that number move,” Dr. Saravanan said Tuesday afternoon. He also reiterated that now is not the time to let our guard down in battling the virus.

“I hope that doesn’t happen (business restrictions outlined in the Governor’s order), I hope we can control our hospitalization numbers not just for the sake of the businesses but for the sake of the hospitals and the community as well,” he said. “So please do what you can to try to prevent the spread of the disease.”

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the number has dropped slightly to 13 percent on Monday.

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