Authorities in Washington state said Monday that hospital admission rates for COVID-19 are “looking better,” but hospital admissions are still high.
Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said during a weekly news conference that deaths continue to rise – an expected trend that often occurs two to four weeks after hospital admissions spike. She said that about 30 people in statistics die from the coronavirus every day.
The Seattle Times reports that Washington’s average hospital admission rate two weeks ago, the Department of Health’s latest full COVID-19 data, was about 14.7 admissions per 100,000 people, up from 17.7 admissions per 100,000 people at the end of August.
Although hospital admissions are declining, the hospital association remains concerned about the state’s lack of monoclonal antibodies – a treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in preventing hospital admissions in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 when taken within seven to Administered 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
In the past, hospitals and other providers ordered the treatment directly from the manufacturer, now the manufacturer awards allocations to the federal states via the federal government.
The staff shortage, particularly among nurses, continues to worry hospital administrators, who say workers are still “fairly discouraged” despite some optimistic hospitalization trends.
“You are going through all of the emotions, all of the hard work that it takes to take care of COVID patients,” said Dr. Radha Agrawal, pulmonologist and intensive care specialist at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, on Monday. “But at the same time, they are not seeing the positive (long-term) results they are hoping for.”