Centra Health seeing significant increase in COVID-19 inpatients at Lynchburg, Farmville hospitals


Officials with Lynchburg General Hospital say most of their COVID patients are unvaccinated.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday morning, Centra Health officials reported an overall increase in coronavirus hospitalizations at both Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville over the last week.

As of Friday, Aug. 6, Centra says the virus census at Lynchburg General Hospital includes 34 patients, with 12 in the ICU. One week ago, the hospital had only 16 coronavirus inpatients.

In addition, health officials say the current COVID-19 census at Centra Southside Community Hospital is four inpatients, bringing Centra’s overall system total to 38 virus patients.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed cases of the delta variant in both the Central Virginia Health District and the Piedmont Health District.

Centra has also seen a major shift in their inpatient demographics over the last month, including the following:

  • Almost 50% of COVID-19 patients are younger than 59 years old, marking a significant change from last year’s demographics when younger patients represented only a quarter of Centra’s inpatients.
  • Current patients tend not to have any pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.
  • While Centra previously saw less intense illness in young, healthy people, the current patients are more likely to require intensive care or a ventilator during their hospital stay.
  • The majority of hospitalized coronavirus patients are not vaccinated.

“As our COVID census continues to grow, our visitation policy is subject to change quickly. We encourage visitors to check the Centra website for current visitation guidelines before arriving at the hospital,” Centra Health said in Friday’s statement. “Lastly, we implore the community to get vaccinated, as it is the most effective tool we have to stop the spread and reach community immunity. Centra remains committed to informed transparency as we continue to battle COVID both in our facilities and community. We remain prepared and ready to care for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.”

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