COVID-19 instances proceed to weigh on the well being system | Native information
The Southeast Georgia health system hit 166 cases of the COVID-19 delta variant at its Brunswick hospital this weekend, nearly 70 cases higher than the peak of the original alpha variant of the virus, said Alan K. Brown, chief medical Hospital officer yesterday. Of these, 130 were in Braunschweig and 30 on the Camden campus in St. Marys, the system announced.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Brown told the Brunswick Kiwanis Club at its lunchtime session.
Of those patients, 50 were in intensive care, many of them in rooms that have been converted into intensive care units because the case load has far exceeded the capacity of the intensive care beds, Brown said.
“Everyone’s really emaciated, stressed, tense …” Brown said, but so are all of his medical friends in other Georgia facilities.
He called the second episode of the more contagious Delta variant “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”.
“If we had vaccinated 80 to 90 percent of the population, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Brown said.
The local numbers seem to confirm this claim.
While Glynn County has barely exceeded the 40 percent mark for vaccinations and Camden County is even worse at 30.6 percent, 88 percent of those hospitalized in Braunschweig with the Delta variant are unvaccinated, he said.
Of the 50 ventilator patients, only one was vaccinated, Brown said, “and this was not a healthy person,” but one who has a number of underlying diseases.
He said there had been a number of breakthrough cases in those who were fully vaccinated, but those hospitalized were frail and old.
In Braunschweig, of the 80 patients in regular COVID care, only 15 were vaccinated, while only six of the 50 in the intensive care unit were vaccinated, the system said.
In Camden County, three of the 20 patients in regular COVID care were vaccinated, but none of the 10 in the intensive care unit there received the injections.
Of the 50 to 59 year olds, the most commonly infected group, 28 are unvaccinated and four are vaccinated in the hospital.
Unlike the original COVID-19 variant, a number of young adults have problems, all of which are unvaccinated, Brown said.
He noted that during the first wave, many of the deaths were mostly elderly, many of them in nursing homes.
“We don’t see that now,” he said. “I can tell you that we have lost healthy 45-year-olds with no other illnesses,” he said.
He expressed his hope that those who did not receive the vaccination will now that the FDA has given the Pfizer vaccine full approval, and it is likely that the agency will soon see the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will allow, all of which were originally were approved under emergency regulations.
When asked about masks, Brown said they had worked without any problems for a year.
“I think caution is appropriate at a time when a pandemic has never been seen before. We have to work together to do sensible things, ”he said.
If school children become infected, someone has to stay home with them when they are quarantined, and some of those mothers are nurses that the health system needs at work, he said.
He also noted that the coronavirus appears to be mutating rapidly and that booster vaccinations likely contain additional proteins to protect against other variants.
He also predicted that Americans will likely be asked to get the coronavirus vaccination annually as it is a flu vaccination.