Bryan Health to resume releasing daily COVID-19 numbers
“I think it's important to keep this front and center, this pandemic is not over."
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Bryan Health says they will resume releasing their daily COVID-19 numbers.
Bryan had stopped releasing their daily statistics on June 8, citing steady numbers. So why resume releasing data?
“I think it’s important to keep this front and center, this pandemic is not over,” Bryan Health chief medical officer Dr. John Trapp said.
Bryan Health reports increased positive COVID cases since July 1. At the beginning of month, eight patients were hospitalized, with none on ventilators. On Tuesday, the hospital is reporting 20 positive COVID cases with four patients on ventilators.
“You’ve seen a sense of relaxation, as though we’re through this [pandemic],” Trapp said. “We’ve seen a plateau in the vaccination rate.”
Trapp notes that it is a different demographic that is being impacted by the spike this time around.
“A significant number of our patients are under the age of 50,” he said. “That raises concern. The vast majority of patients that become critically ill are those who are unvaccinated.”
Trapp says a key reason for resuming the daily reporting of COVID numbers is so the community stays vigilant about the virus.
“We’re going to continue to see increased numbers of cases, as long as there are pockets and populations that are not vaccinated,” Trapp said.