Lynchburg General currently has 20 COVID patients, down from high of 45


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — According to a spokesperson with Centra Health, there are currently 20 patients with coronavirus hospitalized in Lynchburg General, down from a high point this summer of 45, as of Monday afternoon.

In August, hospital leaders were sounding the alarm, warning the public that Lynchburg General was at capacity. This downward trend is a bit of a relief for caregivers, who also stress that this could change at any time.

As of Monday, Oct. 5, a total of 78 Centra Health patients have died of COVID-19. Still, Dr. Christopher Lewis, VP of Medical Affairs for Centra Health, is celebrating bright spots where he can find them.

“Last week we got down to zero intensive care patients,” said Lewis. “For a brief, shining moment, about 24 hours, we had no critical care patients in our facility, and that was great. We knew it wouldn’t last, and sure enough it didn’t.”

He says it had been months since the ICU was empty. Some in the ICU did pass away, but Lewis says it mostly cleared out because patients started to recover.

As it stands Monday afternoon, of the 20 COVID positive patients in Lynchburg General, there are six patients in the ICU. Two of them are on ventilators.

Lewis says he hopes that frequent handwashing and social distancing that we’re all used to will help keep flu season from getting too severe.

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