The number of COVID-19 patients at Goshen Hospital is currently at 47 with the total number of admitted patients spiking to over 50 positive patients twice in recent days. On average, four patients are being admitted each day – and the average length of stay for patients is six days. The high number of COVID-19 patients continues to require rescheduling surgeries, screenings and procedures needed by other community members.
“The situation is critical. The people of our community cannot afford to have our hospital focused completely on the needs of COVID-19 patients at the expense of other necessary procedures and surgeries,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Goshen Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Specialist. “Our intensive care unit beds are full. We have had to send some patients who need intensive care to other facilities – and we may not have this option for long, as they are also filling up. Please review your Christmas plans to reduce everyone’s risk.”
“We deeply appreciate the dedication and compassion of all our exceptional Colleagues and providers who have worked tirelessly through the days and nights to care for our patients,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also appreciate all the efforts of those in the community who take this virus seriously – and by doing so, are helping prevent the spread of the virus and hopefully helping to take the burden off our healthcare workers. We must work together as a community to have a greater impact.”