Local RNs say they are seeing an increase in COVID patients


BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – While COVID numbers rise in Livingston parish, BRProud wanted to check in with hospitals in surrounding areas.

Two Registered Nurses at Baton Rouge General said that it feels like the beginning of the pandemic.

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in our ICU admissions here,” RN Rebekah Booth said.

Booth and her co-worker RN Emily Galjour fear Baton Rouge isn’t far behind.

“I would say it’s already here,” Galjour said. When cases go up in the vicinity or in anywhere in the area, in the state, anything, the hospital doesn’t see in for a second, for a week or so, and then the ICU is even later…I mean, I wouldn’t even say that I am anticipating, it’s here.”

Right now, Baton Rouge General has 12 COVID patients admitted. Booth says they’re seeing an influx of patients, and they’re getting sick faster.

“Our patients have been very sick and getting sick really quickly,” Booth said.

Galjour said many patients are between 30 and 50-years-old and relatively healthy.

“And we’ve had a lot of really young people I think this last month,” Booth said.

“And no comorbidities,” Galjour added.

This surge is giving them flashbacks.

“I feel like this one’s been a little eerie because it really resembles the first wave the first surge and the fact that people are so sick so fast,” Galjour said.

“We had a really bad day yesterday and we kept saying it felt like the first covid,” Booth said.

Both Galjour and Booth said they do feel more prepared this time around to handle an increase if needed.

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