‘We’re definitely seeing a leveling off’: Bryan Health weighs in on whether Lincoln has hit its COVID-19 peak

Bryan Health officials say the stabilizing of COVID-19 cases may be an indicator that Lincoln has hit its peak.
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Bryan Health officials say the stabilizing of COVID-19 cases may be an indicator that Lincoln has hit its peak.

John Woodrich, CEO of Bryan Medical Center, said it’s hard to say for sure if the peak has arrived, but says cases appear to be stabilizing

“I would say we’re definitely seeing a leveling off, which you’d hope would be an indication that we have hit that peak and are stabilizing,” he said.

Bryan reported 24 in-patients on Tuesday, 16 of whom are Lancaster County residents. Of those, 10 (6 from Lancaster) were on ventilators.

While the 16 may be the highest number of local residents, the total number of in-patients is on par with the daily numbers Bryan has been seeing recently.

Woodrich said Bryan is seeing fewer patients from outside Lancaster County, and that keeping the number of hospitalized patients down hinges on keeping the virus out of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities.

“We probably are stabilizing but it can just go the other direction if we don’t practice what we’ve been talking about,” he said.

To date, Bryan Health has administered 8,673 COVID-19 tests and received 1,179 positives.

As of Tuesday morning, Lancaster County was reporting 1,090 confirmed cases.

Bryan officials say their hospitals remain in good shape, and can even take on patients from Omaha hospitals if they become overburdened. They will be meeting later this week to discuss further reopening surgeries and their visitor policy.

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