Ochsner seeing surge in COVID-19 patients

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Ochsner Health officials say they are seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients.

As of Thursday, the hospital is treating 229 coronavirus patients across the state. Three weeks ago they only had 93 patients.

Although there is an increase, when it comes to ventilators and personal protective equipment, Ochsner health officials say they have plenty.

When it comes to testing, the hospital said it is seeing more COVID-19 positive cases for people between the ages of 20 and 29 years old.

“Staffing is certainly a challenge for us right now as we continue to see our normal services get back in place and we see the COVID population escalating. We are managing it appropriately and bringing in temporary agency nurses outside of the market to kind of help us,” said Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner.

The hospital said so far they have done more than 205,000 tests and are bringing in new machines to speed up the process.

Hospital officials also stressed that they support the governor’s mask mandate and ask everyone to wear a mask.

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