Sweetwater Memorial Sees Decrease in COVID-19 Patients

Sweetwater Memorial Sees Decrease in COVID-19 Patients

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ROCK SPRINGS — Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) officials are reporting it has seen a significant decrease in the amount of COVID-19 patients during November.

During the MHSC Board of Trustees meeting this afternoon, the board listened to an update from Kim White, MHSC’s COVID-19 incident commander and emergency services director. Currently, the hospital only has one COVID-19 patient at this time, according to Dr. Jacques Denker.

To put this into perspective. At last month’s meeting update, CEO Irene Richardson said they saw about 33 patients during in one week in October, which is probably something they hadn’t seen in decades. It was also reported at last month’s meeting, that the hospital had 10 COVID-19 ICU patients. She said the hospital was not only seeing an increase in COVID-19 related patients, but non-related COVID-19 cases as well.

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“November has seen a significant decrease in COVID patients, which is a good thing,” White said today. “We admitted 10 patients during the month and we did have some left over from October, but we were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with no COVID-19 (patients) in house, so that’s been good.”

White said not only are they seeing a decrease in the amount of COVID-19 patients seeking medical attention, but the COVID-19 swab testing station has also seen a decrease.

“Hopefully, the community is on the right path,” White said.

White said they are still seeing issues when they need to transfer patients out because Utah hospitals are still pretty full.

“Overall it’s looking a lot better. We just hope that continues through the holidays,” White said.