Sentara hospitals say they are at, near capacity as COVID-19 cases continue spiking


SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WFXR) – Sentara Healthcare system in South Boston says they are scrambling to find enough ICU beds for patients.

Several of its hospitals are either at or near capacity and nurses say the Delta variant of COVID-19 is the main culprit, hitting younger and unvaccinated people extremely hard.

“They require 100 percent oxygen. They can no longer get up and go use the restroom or brush their teeth. They need to get somebody in there to help them to use a bedside commode. That’s something that someone who is 40 years old is just not used to doing.”

Bea Barajas-Williams, Respiratory Therapy Manager at Sentara Health Care Systems

Currently, Virginia is averaging about 2,200 people hospitalized with COVID-19 every day. Doctors, nurses and the healthcare community at large is saying the vaccine is safe and is the most effective way to avoid becoming infected.

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