‘People are getting better’: Bryan Health talks cases, Crete testing and elective surgeries

"I think that the message is people are getting better," said John Woodrich, CEO of Bryan Medical Center. "And that's a good sign as we catch this early."
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Bryan Health officials said Friday they have six in-house COVID-19 patients, and two more with pending results.

Of those patients, three are from Lancaster County and two are on ventilators.

To date, Bryan Health has completed 2,355 coronavirus tests, with 127 positive results.

“I think that the message is people are getting better,” said John Woodrich, CEO of Bryan Medical Center. “And that’s a good sign as we catch this early.”

While Bryan has seen an increase in the positive rate – up to 5.4 percent – officials said that is because of increased testing.

Bryan had a mobile bus in Crete doing testing Friday morning. Those results are expected to be returned by Sunday.

Woodrich said part of stopping the spread of the coronavirus is identifying possible alternative living conditions for those in close quarters. He said while health officials are identifying positive cases and contacts they may have at work, it’s not enough.

“As we identify where these individuals have been and who they’ve been around, we want to make sure we get those people notified,” he said. “I think the other factor we have to look at is living conditions people may have.”

Bryan officials added that they are working on re-instituting elective surgeries. They said they plan to make an announcement regarding the topic on Monday.

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