As positive COVID-19 tests near 1,000, Bryan Health officials still feeling ‘relatively comfortable’

As COVID-19 cases continue to tick upward in Lincoln and across Nebraska, Bryan Health officials say they're not too concerned. 
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As COVID-19 cases continue to tick upward in Lincoln and across Nebraska, Bryan Health officials say they’re not too concerned.

“We continue to look at the numbers. We’re still feeling relatively comfortable,” said John Woodrich, CEO of Bryan Medical Center. “We are watching them go up, but as I’ve mentioned before they’re going up at a small ratio right now.”

To date, Bryan Health has received 996 positive results out of 7,354 tests – with an overall positivity rate of about 14%.

As of Monday morning, there were 28 COVID-19 patients in Bryan facilities, with 11 on ventilators and 11 in intensive care. Bryan has the capacity for up to 200 ICU beds.

Woodrich said he’s unsure of exactly when Lincoln may see it’s peak. Models had originally pegged it for the weekend, but Woodrich says that has since been pushed out. Because of a large increase in testing, data for a more updated model may take some time to organize, he said.

Woodrich said the lack of a sudden spike in cases or hospitalized patients helps Bryan officials feel comfortable with the status of their hospitals. He said social distancing measures are “paying off.”

Bryan is responsible for administering a majority of Lancaster County’s 9,395 total coronavirus tests. As of Monday morning, 799 people in Lincoln and Lancaster County had tested positive. Additional positive cases are expected to be announced Monday afternoon.

 

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