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State, federal medical personnel deployed to help ArkLaTex COVID-19 hospitalizations

Based on data released from Ochsner Health, the entire system has seen a 73% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in just over one week
In north Louisiana (Shreveport and Monroe), 103 patients are in Ochsner hospitals as of...
In north Louisiana (Shreveport and Monroe), 103 patients are in Ochsner hospitals as of Wednesday. Ochsner LSU Health representatives said capacity is stretched to the point its hospitals cannot accept transfers from other facilities.(CDC)
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2021 at 2:09 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Some healthcare workers arrived in Shreveport Wednesday, Aug. 11and many more are on the way to the ArkLaTex as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in the area.

Based on data released from Ochsner Health, the entire system has seen a 73% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in just over one week. However, it is the not the only health system to be “inundated” with COVID-19 patients.

“We have gotten some help from the state and from the federal government. We’ve gotten some resources that will be deployed to Shreveport next week, some additional staffing that will be deploying to Lafayette. We’re still working with the state to see if we can identify more staffing,” said Warner Thomas, CEO and president of Ochsner Health.

Based on data released from Ochsner Health, the entire system has seen a 73% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in just over one week.

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport told KSLA is expecting more than 100 healthcare workers early next week from the state, which would allow the system to dedicate 94 beds to COVID-19.

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In north Louisiana (Shreveport and Monroe), 103 patients are in Ochsner hospitals as of Wednesday. Ochsner LSU Health representatives say capacity is stretched to the point its hospitals cannot accept transfers from other facilities.

From Aug. 7 to 10, Willis-Knighton hospitals have averaged about 108 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Within that time frame, the number of COVID-19 patients steadily increased up until Tuesday.

Willis-Knighton Health System said it has applied for assistance.

Ten paramedics from all over the country are helping Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier, according to representatives with the health system. They are expected to be in town for at least two weeks and will be assisting in the Emergency Department and the Infusion Clinic, where the Monoclonal Antibody Therapy is administered to COVID patients.

Additional workers helping Christus
Additional workers helping Christus(CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier)
Additional workers helping Christus
Additional workers helping Christus(CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier)

Texas Department of State Health Services has also arranged for the deployment of more than 2,500 medical personnel, according to Gov. Greg Abbott. This deployment will be fully funded by the state through September 30.

“The State of Texas is taking action to ensure that our hospitals are properly staffed and supported in the fight against COVID-19,” said the governor said in a news release.

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