As COVID cases spike, area hospitals brace for the impact

Written by on December 20, 2021

As COVID cases spike, area hospitals brace for the impact

By Brittany Sweeney

December 20, 2021

Hospitals are strained, officials say. (Courtesy photo)

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Lehigh Valley are reaching peak pandemic numbers and doctors are pleading with people to take precautions that could keep them out of the hospital.

The same number of people are hospitalized at St. Luke’s University Health Network right now as when they maxxed out this time last year before vaccines were readily available. 

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Jeffrey Jahre, St. Luke’s senior vice president of medical and academic affairs and section chief emeritus of infectious diseases, explained the issue.

“There is no question that hospitals are strained. We’re fortunate that we’re able to provide the services, but there’s also no question that we’re doing this with a lot of effort and that effort could be helped by people avoiding the kinds of situations that would land them in the hospital,” he said.   

Jahre urged people to get vaccinated or to get a booster if their last shot was more than 6 months ago.

St. Luke’s has once again limited visitations to two people per patient amid the new COVID spike.

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