MHP Incident Command Update

March 15, 2022

Covid positivity rate: Shelby County’s current Covid positivity rate decreased to 3.0% and Indiana’s positivity rate also decreased and sits at 2.9%.

Operational updates due to decreased Covid activity:

  • Incident Command meetings: Incident Command will cancel future meetings and only meet on an as-needed basis going forward. This will be our final public update unless Covid activity increases.
  • Surgery and admission testing: We are planning to cease mass Covid testing all surgery patients on March 21st, based on local metrics, which include Covid hospitalization rate, as well as the number of antibody infused patients. We will also cease performing Covid testing on all inpatient admissions, except those patients who present with respiratory illness.
  • Entrances and screening: Our entrances and hours of operation for our doors will return to pre-Covid norms. We will also cease the Covid screening process of all patients and visitors to the medical center.
  • Café seating: We are returning the café furniture and seating capacity to our pre-Covid setup.

Inpatient unit: Thirty of our 40 beds are full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit.

  • We currently have four critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and none of those patients are due to Covid.
  • We have one patient on a ventilator, which is not due to Covid. We have three additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and those are not due to Covid.
  • Three of our inpatients are Covid positive, and two of those patients are vaccinated.

Urgent Care and walk-in volumes: MHP Priority Care and MHP Family & Internal Medicine are experiencing normal volumes for this time of year and very few Covid positive patients at this time. MHP Pediatrics is continuing to average 70+ walk-in patients per day and flu A and strep throat are the main reason for the volume increase. We are not seeing any Covid positive pediatric patients at this time.

Emergency Department: The Emergency Department is averaging 60+ patients per day, which is a normal volume for this time of year. Only three patients have received the Covid antibody infusion this month.