LVHN Health Officials Say The Network is Ready for Post Holiday Surge

Written by on December 30, 2020

LVHN Health Officials Say The Network is Ready for Post Holiday Surge

By Ben Stemrich

December 30, 2020

Photo Courtesy of LVHN.

Hospitals expect a lag time between the holidays and COVID hospital admissions. But Lehigh Valley health officials say the region is prepared in the event of a surge.

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Dr. Mark Knouse, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Lehigh Valley Health Network, says hospitalizations are higher now than in the early days of the pandemic but good planning has helped keep the ICU ready. 

“So we always have available beds, we always have ventilators, and I don’t think there’s a danger at this point of running out of either of those in the near future.

“The Lehigh Valley’s very fortunate to have excellent planning committees for surge capacity. So we always have available beds, we always have available ventilators Inurn in danger at this point of running out of either of those,” he says.

Vaccines will help, too. More than eight thousand doses have gone to frontline workers so far.

Knouse, who has had the first dose of the vaccine, says there only have been a few minor problems.

“Fortunately nothing terribly serious you know it’s still pretty early on. And there were some minor reactions, no life threatening events, fortunately,” he says.

But especially after the holidays, the whole health system will remain on high alert, he says.

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