GPH sees uptick in COVID hospitalizations

Great Plains Health sees uptick in hospitalizations.
Great Plains Health sees uptick in hospitalizations.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: May. 13, 2021 at 8:34 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 8:35 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Health officials at Great Plains Health said after setting an all-time low of hospitalizations a month ago, numbers have tripled in the last month.

Currently, there are nine patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 90 percent are not vaccinated.

Data also shows the average of age of these patients is 63-years-old.

“If it’s like any vaccination that occurs, there is always a small minimum amount of people that the vaccination doesn’t work for and I think that is what we’re seeing in the data,” GPH CEO Mel McNea.

McNea said some of these patients have also only had their first dose. However, their length of stay in the hospital is much shorter compared to those who are not vaccinated.

“Is the vaccination having a different effect on the different variants? And the answer is yes, some of the data is indicating that,” said McNea. “Some of the vaccinations work better on some of the variants than the others, but generally speaking, they all seem to be doing fairly well and that can change because some of these variants haven’t been here long enough to collect data on.”

Health officials also recommend exercise and a well-balanced diet to stay healthy.

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