Hospitals in Hampton Roads feel impacts of increased COVID-19 cases

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 17:49:09-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - An increase in COVID-19 cases is impacting our local hospitals throughout Hampton Roads.

News 3 reached out to hospitals around the region.

Sentara Healthcare said they are once again seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Hampton Roads. They said the hospitals began seeing this uptick in mid-July.

According to state data, 98% of hospitalizations and 98% of deaths are attributed to people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Riverside said they have seen a slight increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week, which they are monitoring very closely.

They said as of Monday, July 26, Riverside Health System has a total of 15 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations across its facilities. For historical context, the COVID-19 census across the system during the peak of the pandemic was 100+ patients.

Riverside officials said they are fully committed to accurately tracking and being transparent about any potential cases of COVID-19 to help maintain the safety and health of each of their patients.

Bon Secours said they are seeing an uptick in the number of people being admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, similar to the rates being reported on the Virginia Department of Health's dashboard.

They said in the last week, they saw a 60% increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in their hospital. They said they encourage people to get their vaccine if they haven’t already.

The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters said they had 15 patients with COVID-19 admitted to their main hospital in May, 11 patients in June and 11 patients so far in July. They said for overall positive tests throughout the CHKD Health System, the number in June was the lowest they’ve had all year; however, the number of positive tests has been increasing the last few weeks, so they expect the numbers for July to be higher than June.

Officials at Sentara said their message to the community is to protect yourself from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. COVID-19 is now a preventable disease.

They said they understand that people may not have received a COVID-19 vaccine yet for a number of different and personal reasons.

“We're definitely seeing an increase that should be a concern to everyone, especially those who are unvaccinated or if we have loved ones who are unvaccinated,” said Iris Lundy with Sentara Healthcare. “We think that it's important that we get as many people vaccinated as possible until we're at 100%. We don't think that we're at a place where we can stop.”

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Related: Uptick in COVID-19 cases has Virginia Department of Health urging those without a vaccine to get one

Here is a list of local places you can get vaccinated:

  • Student’s Sports Physicals & COVID-19 Vaccinations
    • Sentara Therapy Center Orthopedics & Sports Performance on Tuesday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • 6201 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 110, Norfolk, Va.
  • Paradise Ocean Club
    • 490 Fenwick Rd, Fort Monroe, Va. 23651 on Wednesday, July 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Oceanfront – Neptune Park
    • 3100 Atlantic Avenue – 31st Street Stage. Virginia Beach, Va. 23451 on Wednesday, July 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • West Mercury Boulevard (DJ Devin)
    • 490 Fenwick Rd, Fort Monroe, Va. 23651 on Sunday, August 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

To find a vaccine near you, click here.

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