Iredell Health pleads to slow COVID spread amid soaring case figures

STATESVILLE – As COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations once again surge in the community and statewide, Iredell Health System requests the public’s help to fight this pandemic in order to return to a sense of normalcy.

In November, the hospital had 66 patient admissions due to COVID. In December, that number nearly doubled to 126. Likewise, the number of ICU COVID patients has followed a similar rise, from an average of four COVID-positive ICU patients in November to an average of eight in December.

“It is unbelievable that we have been dealing with this pandemic for almost two full years,” said John Green, president and CEO of Iredell Health System. “We have learned a lot in how to medically manage the diagnosis, but it just seems to keep coming at us in waves.”

Additionally, following Christmas between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2, Iredell Urgent Care in Mooresville saw a total of 704 patients. Of those patients, 246, or 35 percent, tested positive for COVID. Statewide, case numbers and percent-positives have soared past previous records. Iredell’s cases per capita is higher than Lincoln County but lower than Mecklenburg.

Health systems are currently enduring the third significant wave of COVID. Over the last month, Iredell Memorial Hospital has seen a drastic increase in the number of admitted COVID-19 patients as the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant has led to the rapid recent spread.

In the week ending Jan. 2, the county’s COVID-based hospitalizations was at two-thirds the record numbers reached in early September, according to the health department.

The majority of COVID patients admitted at Iredell Memorial are unvaccinated. The percent of unvaccinated hospitalized COVID patients averaged at approximately 76 percent in the last month.

“It will take all of us looking outside of ourselves to the community’s needs to get to that point,” Green said. “Your support of our staff through vaccinating, masking, following safety practices and prayer is asked for and graciously accepted.”

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