Nebraska hospitals seeing impact of new surge in COVID-19 cases

"I predict our surge, even though our numbers are going up, it will take another couple of weeks."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise across the state and major health systems are getting worried with the sudden trend.

“I predict our surge, even though our numbers are going up, it will take another couple of weeks,” Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, an Infectious Disease Expert at CHI Health said. “Schools just started so little kids will bring infections to parents and community spread, we might have another couple of weeks.”

CHI Health says we haven’t seen the worst yet and it’s time now to take action. They’re seeing a rapid increase in hospitalizations and the majority of those cases are linked to the well-known Delta variant. Health officials with CHI say they have hospital beds available at this time but fear that could change if we keep going down this path.

Once again, they’re stressing the need for a vaccine. The shot they say will help prevent you and your loved ones from needing one of their hospital beds.

“Should I wear a bicycle helmet because if I’m in a crash I can still break my arm and hurt myself? Because of the bicycle helmet, I’m not breaking my head, that’s why,” Dr. David Quimby, an Infectious Disease Expert at CHI Health said. “The vaccine helps.”

All of this comes after Bryan Health says they’re filled to capacity with patients and have postponed some elective surgeries until further notice.

“I’m telling you, we’re being as clear and open and honest as possible,” Bob Ravenscroft, the Vice President of Advancement at Bryan Health said. “Bryan Medical Center is full.”

And now Nebraska Medicine is following suit. In a statement released Friday, Nebraska Medical Center said they will be reducing certain surgeries starting Monday, August 30th, because of nursing shortages and a large amount of COVID-19 patients.

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