Updates from Incident Command:
Overall: Here at MHP we are experiencing what has been occurring across
the country, Covid-19 cases are rising. As this virus has persisted, it
has led to the development of variant strains. Currently, the dominant
variant is the Delta Variant, which originated in India and is currently
widespread in the United States. Research suggests that this variant is
much more transmissible and is responsible for the increase in cases we
have seen locally. The State Department of Health reports that 87.2% of
all new Covid-19 cases are of the Delta Variant. In Indiana, we have seen
the positivity rate go from 1.8% in mid-June to 9% as of 8/2. Shelby County’s
positivity rate is 11.68% currently. The longer the virus persists, and
the more it transfers from one individual to the next, the opportunity
for new Variants arises. The single best defense against the virus continues
to be vaccination. If you have not received the vaccination, please take
time to understand the risks associated with these new variants and consult
your healthcare provider for advice and guidance. The vaccine is readily
available in our community for individuals above the age of 12 and is
still free of charge.
- Emergency Dept census average for August 1-9 is 72/day; was 66/day in July.
- Infusions of Regeneron for Covid-19 positive patients Aug 1-9 is 39; was
total of 17 in July and 7 in June.
- Inpatient Unit daily census average for August thus far is 29; 5 being
critical care, 2 being ventilator dependent cases.
- Hospitalized Covid-19 cases average for August 1-9 is 9/day; up from 3/day
in July, less than 1/day in June.
Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the following will be instituted
at MHP between 8/11 and 8/21.
- All in person, public events are cancelled or postponed through November
- All hospital-based meetings will convert to virtual format
- All support groups will halt or convert to virtual format
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Device reps will cease
- All student shadowing programs will be suspended
- Covid-19 testing will resume for all admissions and scheduled surgical cases
- All staff, even those vaccinated, will need to wear a mask at all times
within the facility
- Cloth masks are no longer permitted for staff, patients or visitors. CDC
guidelines and OSHA standards now require hospital provided medical or
surgical grade masks
- Staff self-screening practices will be re-instituted
- Entrance open times will be decreased, and patient/visitor screening will
- Visitation will continue with new restrictions as posted on the MHP website