ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Hendrick Health officials say their intensive care unit is “nearly full” in part because of an increase in COVID-19 cases among most people who have not been vaccinated.
It comes days after hospital officials announced they would post the community safety number three times a week due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
At a press conference on Friday morning, Hendrick Health chief medical officer Dr Rob Wiley said 11 of 22 patients in intensive care had COVID-19 and that out of a total of 20 patients in hospital infected with the virus, 10 are currently on ventilators.
Dr Wiley says three out of four COVID-19 patients currently in the hospital have not been vaccinated, and the other in four are there “very likely” due to the delta variant.
Hendrick Health says they had 133 hospital patients with COVID-19 from July 7 to 15. Of these 133 patients, 12 had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
This means that just over 90% of these patients had not received any dose of the vaccine.
The delta variant, which is becoming the dominant strain in the United States, affects the younger population more and is more contagious, according to Dr. Wiley.
Although the delta variant is more contagious, those who have been vaccinated are likely to experience less severe symptoms if they contract the strain, Dr Wiley said.
The median age of COVID-19 patients currently in Hendrick is 45 to 55 years old.
Dr Wiley and other hospital officials say they are encouraging everyone in and around Abilene to get a full vaccine against the virus.
To schedule your vaccine appointment with the Hendrick Clinic in Abilene Screening and Immunization, text “covidhelp” to 325-216-4824. In Brownwood, call the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department at 325-430-7605 or 325-430-7607.